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Methods of Obtaining Success 

Self in Tune, First Series 

The Outside and Inside of Life 

Second Series 

The Race Problem — Money 
The Psychology of the Solar 

Plexus and Sub-Consoous Mind 
The Key to Health, Wealth and 






"marriage," etc, etc. 




A.;vr'. ir^'o:^ AND i 

1 T'l^l^i-.^ ,yuNDAllOJ<S I 




I Know Yourself 3 

II Have a Plan 22 

III Don't Hurry 30 

IV Clean up your Moods 35 

V Mind Your Own Business 42 

VI The Use of Power 50 

VII Faith 60 

VIII Selfness 69 

IX Obsession of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 78 

X Psychological Sins 93 

XI Business, but Not Truth 102 


XIII Enthusiasm 125 

XIV Concentration 132 

XV Appreciation 148 

XVI Hateful Comparisons 159 

XVII Happiness ... 169 

XVIII Poise 179 

XIX Rules op the Game 190 

P^ XX Compensation 207 



Let those who will^ believe the old world Law 
That men were bom to suffer length on length. 

It is a lie! The God ivitbin us speaks; 
We lift our thoughts andjeel a new-bom strength. 

Our human life is part of a Great Whole 
All life was given to use for truth and right 

Each man may claim the freedom of his soul 
He is a King, and rules with power and might. 

We are the lords of all this lower world; 

We make the laws by which our life has might; 
And as the thoughts of freedom forth are burled. 

We build a world of peace and truth arui right. 

Oh, man! a kingdom is within your soul! 

A king enthroned unth sceptre in his hand! 
Why slumber on in grief and tears urUold? 

Awake! God calls you; rise and understand! 



First Success Method 

The building of a beautiful perfected self- 
hood is the work of every life; no matter 
what he does, whether we call it good, bad 
or indifferent, it is all directed towards this 

Every inaction or action pushes him on 
into finer selection of material which will 
serve to perfect himself. 

Everything which he contacts becomes 
legitimate material from which he can select 
or reject. 

There is nothing which can be eternally 
rejected, whatever is passed up at any place 
in our unfoldment becomes material to use 
at another place on the path. There is only 
one substance and man, the master builder. 

* ■* ^ 

* * 4 4 « 


can insert just what he sees fit at any place 
in the construction of his plan. 

In this building man has decided that he 
must select so that the results of his selec- 
tion will be continuous and whatever takes 
on permanency he has called success, and 
whatever takes on the expression of change 
he has called failure; throughout the old 
civilization he has lost the recognition of the 
truth that failure is only one part of the 
great law of success and is success mani- 
festing negatively. 

You can ask a thousand people what they 
call success and they will give you a thou- 
sand different answers. One calls money 
success and the ways and methods which will 
unite him with money, the power to manipu- 
late these laws and to select and retain all 
the material which produces a continued 
expression of opulence, he does not seek to 
select or unite with anything else in the self 
because this is the lesson his soul has come 

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to to to to to to b 

to to to to to 

... to to to to 


to include. There are others who count 
health and the power to manifest their con- 
sciousness through a perfect physical me- 
dium, success — they give their whole time 
to selecting the time, the place, the methods 
and materials which will build for them 
normal, physical and mental conditions and 
allow them the unlimited action of a body 
that is free from pain. They select or reject 
one thing after another and call themselves 
successful in the degree that they secure this 
fulfillment and they weep and complain 
when they do not accomplish it, not know- 
ing that disease is just as great a factor 
in the production of God-consciousness as 
health is. 

There are many who call human love 
success, and they keep their human senses 
drugged with the narcotic of this race be- 
lief: they count themselves successful and 
go on each day rejoicing in their idol, and 
in just the degree that they demonstrate 


human love they feel they have made a 
success of their lives. When they fail in 
this and have to walk the pathway of life 
alone, uncompanioned, save by the crowd, 
they send forth a cry of sorrow and of fail- 
ure, and do not understand that to be 
alone and not lonely is a part of the law 
of The One. 

There are others who hold success to be 
such material and methods as will link them 
in a great law of service to the race, they 
count the opportunity to give of their time 
and supply to others as the greatest suc- 
cess possible for them, and in the degree 
that they can select place and opportunity 
to serve the world they feel they are success- 
ful, but if they have to stand idle while 
every pulse is throbbing to serve, they again, 
send out the cry of failure and feel like a 
cast off atom and they join the mighty army 
of complaint that they are wasting their 
time, they never realize that one of the 


highest laws of consciousness is that ''he also 
serves who only stands and waits." 

New Thought looks at all these evolving 
degrees of race consciousness and strikes 
for it a higher note of understanding, it 
answers the question of "What is success?" 
in a way that it was never answered before, 
then it follows this with scientific instruc- 
tions of how to attain that thing which the 
mind designates as success. 

We see clearly that everyone in the world 
is doing just the thmg he should do and that 
when he has gotten enough of the old thing 
and includes all its laws in his conscious- 
ness he will quit and naturally pass on into 
the inclusion of something else. 

Everyone in the world is doing the very 
best he knows how to do with his time, 
opportunity, and his materials. If he knew 
better he would do better, and New Thought 
seeks only to increase his "know how." It 
does not condemn, it does not control, it 


does not punish, it only points the way to 
larger powers and privileges and better ma- 
terials from which the individual may se- 
lect or reject and through which he nmy 
express a higher self-hood. 

The New Thought answer to "what is 
success" is: Success is the power in the in- 
dividual to get the thing he wantSf when he 
wants it, in the way he wants it, to keep it 
as long as he wants it and when he has in- 
cluded it, let go of it, and pass on to the 
fulfillment of a new desire. 

There are those who have the power to 
get the thing they want and after they have 
quite outgrown the desire and included all that 
it can bring them, they are obliged to^go on 
day after day, clinging to the dead body of 
their old desire. This is not success — this 
is failure; it takes its part indirectly in the 
fashioning of success, for on every step of 
their pathway they are learning in this way, 
the higher mastery and control that is neces- 


sary for them to know, and every ounce of 
power generated on this plane of failure, 
takes its place in the constructive work of 
the next step. 

The power to get what we want when we 
want it, to keep it as long as we want it 
and then pass it up constructively, and go 
on to another want, is not won by a mo- 
ment's contact with people, conditions or 
things, but it comes as the result of slow 
self mastery and comradeship with all forms 
of human experience. 

Success is not a mysterious, metaphysical 
thing that waits around and then rushes 
unannounced in to a life, but it is a sane, 
sensible entity, born from the consciousness 
of high power. 

Success is the product of success methods 
and recognition of universal laws and it 
comes and abides with an individual in just 
that hour when he compels it. 

There is no such thing as good or bad 


luck. The individual himself creates these 
conditions within his own consciousness and 
develops them into form by his thoughts 
and actions. 

There are thousands of well defined suc- 
cess methods and the one who possesses the 
greatest number of these methods and uses 
them will be the greatest success. 

The first success method includes all suc- 
cess but only a few people are clever enough 
to manifest this success method without 
further interpretation. 

This first success method is: "Know Thy- 
self." The one who knows himself and all 
that the self means, is straight in the middle 
of the divine channel of life, and he can 
steer his bark from end to end of the channel 
without fear of shipwreck, but among the 
great failure multitude there is only one in 
a thousand who has any idea of this law* 

You can ask the vast multitude of the 
unemployed or you can ask anyone who tells 


you a story of bad luck and who is weep- 
ing and moaning over their failure, and they 
have no idea of their place or use in the 
universal plan. 

The old civilization lumped the whole 
race off in one confused bundle of states of 
mind and never gave it an idea of the legit- 
imate plan of universal progress, or what 
part they must individually bear in the re- 
sponsibility of this plan. 

New Thought divides humanity into four 
planes of expression, namely, Body, Mind, 
Soul and Spirit. We function through the 
body in instinct, through the mind in reason^ 
through the soul in emotion, and the Spirit 
in intuition, revelation and prophecy. 

Men as we know them have one or two 
and sometimes all of these planes in expres- 
sion and they have success or failure in just 
the degree that they know themselves and 
contact consciousness from their own plane 
of power. 


A plane of consciousness is only a state 
of being in which man lives, and through 
which he has his own individual law of 
transference; and a complete understanding 
of these planes of consciousness and their 
laws, makes man master of himself and of 
life in all its forms. It has taken genera- 
tions of thinking to at last evolve this truth 
that every life is named, numbered, chorded 
and placed in its own natural law of attrac- 
tion, and when it works in unison with this 
law it has success, when it works in oppo- 
sition it has failure. 

When one has found himself and his natural 
contact, he is straight in the middle of the 
Divine channel of success and rowing with the 
full force of the tide in his favor; but where he 
does not know himself, he is rowing against the 
tide or drifting idly and at every moment he is 
dashed against the rocks of error in his channel. 

It has been written "God has provided some 
better things for us, that they without us cannot 


be made perfect/' This is txue, " Know thy- 
self" is the &st step toward becoming one with 
the things provided — then life will ask and 
answer its own questions. 

Planes of Expression. We divide people 
into four planes of expression, namely : body, 
mind, soul and spirit, and they function 
through these in instinct, reason, inspira- 
tion and intuition. 

Body Plane. Purely physical men are 
found among farmers, laborers, peddlers, 
section men, miners; also any crowd of men 
that work under a foreman. Arrangement 
and order are not necessary. 

Purely physical women are simply work- 
ing women; washwomen, scrub women, 
household drudges; also those who simply 
love the creature comforts, and who want 
all sense satisfaction, but do not want to go 
to any exertion to get it. They are found 
among the women who are supported and 
will marry any kind of a man so as to be 


taken care of and have a home of ease and 

Mind Plane. Purely mental men, of the 
lower mental plane, are the foremen, the 
section bosses, carpenters, contractors, street- 
car men, mail men, little store keepers, and 
any type of men who work at physical labor 
that has some little show of order, adjust- 
ment and creative ability. 

Higher mental plane men are the type of 
men who are professors; men who educate 
other men; chemists, lawyers, assayists, as- 
trologists, socialistic organizers, the higher 
class of mercantile men and all men who 
plot, scheme, deal and make big trades, and 
have skill and management which make for 
success in material things. 

Purely mental women of the lower plane 
are those in the trades: dressmakers, mil- 
liners, trades women, forewomen in stores, 
cooks, heads of departments in stores. 

Purely mental women of the higher plane 


are those who have great intellectuality and 
are not contented with the physical and 
lower expression of mentality. They want 
education, finish and culture, and are among 
the school teachers, stenographers, kinder- 
garten teachers, are often piano players or 
instrumental musicians, singers who have 
cultivated voices but with no evidence of 

Soul Plane. The soul plane is divided 
into two expressions, higher and lower. On 
the lower soul plane we have the professors, 
doctors^ teachers, organizers, dentists, law- 
yers and people of mild inspiration, with 
ordinary ideality and imagination. 

Women of the lower soul plane are 
nurses, managers of institutions, matrons in 
jails, the heads of sanatoriums, the leaders 
of philanthropic movements. They organize 
training schools and hospitals and are found 
in many humanitarian expressions of life. 

The higher soul plane, in both men and 


women, is characterized by high ideality, 
vivid imagination and extraordinary inspir- 
ation. Here we find artists, writers, authors, 
composers, singers, elocutionists, and writers 
of drama. 

Spirit Plane. Here we get into the 
world of religion. Preachers, evangelists 
great philanthropic leaders, religious organ- 
izers, higher educational workers, the in- 
ventor, the great composer, improvisors and 
the tragedians of the drama. People on this 
plane see everything by faith. Their in- 
tuition is their guide, and they find it hard 
to materialize all their ideas and visions into 
material expression. 

Union of Planes. This is the creative- 
positive life. It expresses itself in instinct, 
reason, inspiration and intuition. It is 
usually found to have a fixed point of 
attachment on one plane, but it passes to 
the others at will. We have in this plane 
the statesman, the great leaders of social 


and religious science; also the masters of 
physical expression, such as contortionists, 
equilibrists, investigators, and organizers of 
great companies of men. Also landscape 
gardeners. This latter class know beauty, 
art, arrangement and physical laws. 

This Union of all Planes makes the plane 
of Equalization, and through the perfect un- 
derstanding of the laws of being, every life 
may control its development and make for 
unqualified success. 

Any one who hopes for success in all his 
undertakings, must have his whole under- 
standing founded upon the full power of his 
own genius in the line of least resistance. 
A business man hoping for success could not 
afi'ord to send an intuitional man to buy real 
estate for him, and take his opinion on trust 
as to the likely value; the judgment of such 
a man would not be reliable in material 
things. Any one in business who does these 
things courts failure, and not success. Again, 


if some one contemplating a vacational tour 
desires to go to the most beautiful and won- 
derful scenery and to a place which would 
mean rest, inspiration and healing, he would 
not send as his advance agent one who was 
purely on the mental plane. Such a man 
would bring him time-tables, hotel facilities 
and locations, but nothing of the things which 
he really should know. Mental things de- 
mand mental recognition, and soul and spirit 
things demand their own cognizance. Flesh 
and blood only reveal physical and mental 
things; the great subjective things remain 
obscure until revealed by subjective con- 

The reason so many are seeking success, 
fame, money, love and recognition and not 
finding it, is because they have never learned 
the first necessary lesson of knomng f6em- 
selves. First, they do not know what they 
want to do, and secondly, they do not know 
how to do what they want to. do. They go 


on in aimless drifting and come at last to be 
some of the driftwood of life which is washed 
up onto the shore as the stream of success 
and failure flows on. 

There is work and pay for all, success for 
all, in ju^t the hour we know ourselves and 
connect with it. When one wants to be a 
farmer he goes among farmers; musician, 
among musicians; commercial, he hunts the 
marts of trade, and so on; and if he has in 
himself a fully fledged consciousness of his own 
indwelling power, nothing can keep him from 
dragging out from the Universal Supply Com- 
pany the things which belong to his own life. 

The first true law for success is, know to 
what part of the mighty system of the uni- 
verse you belong, and then strike boldly out 
in that current of life. If you find that 
you respond to all that, physically, mentally, 
emotionally and intuitionally, you are vi- 
brant with life, then choose the things which 
you like best. 


The creative life can do more than one 
thing at a time and do them all well. Just 
keep inside your own power of concentra- 
tion; the creative life does not think in 
time, it thinks in eternities; it does not think 
in states, it thinks in continents; it does 
not think in dollars, it thinks in millions, 
and as long as it holds its mental mastery 
all things fall before its power. 

If you are only developed in one direction 
and in one plane of consciousness, then 
plunge your desire in that direction; get 
the work that fills your whole heart and 
stick to it, and put into operation every day 
all the fundamentals of New Thought, and 
if you do this, you will not be a failure, for 
you can think yourself straight into the 
very center of supply, and whatever you com- 
mand to become your own will come and 
manifest for you. With the knowledge of 
what you really can do, of just where you 
belong in the divine plan, and a conscious- 


ncss of your latent energy and ability, you 
are straight in the middle of the road of suc- 
cess and it will never turn you one single 
step out of the way of peace, power and 

Second Success Method 

Often after one has found himself, and 
adjusted himself harmoniously in his own 
plane of expression, he finds that he is still 
not manifesting sufiiciently the degree of 
success that he desires, and strive as he will, 
he cannot discover where he is going oflF the 
center of the law. 

Sometimes it takes a deep perception to 
find that he is breaking the next essential 
and usually breaking it because he does not 
know that it is the next important thing in 
the Science of Success. 

This next all important essential is Order. 
Order is God's first law and man's first law 
is obedience to this law; order is expressed 
in the form of a plan. "Have a plan," this 
is the second fundamental of success, for 


without a plan the human side of life must 
be always out of order and man himself 
adrift like a rudderless boat. 

The whole failure world has this law of 
the lack of order somewhere in operation. 
There are thousands of planless, aimless, 
purposeless people everywhere. You can ask 
them "What do you want?" and they tell 
you that they have a profound idea of what 
they want to do and believe in their power 
to accomplish; but when you say "Well how, 
do you propose to do this?*' they answer, 
"That's just it, I don't know,'^ and often one 
finds them, after they have aimlessly drifted 
from pillar to post, and asks then "How did 
this happen?" "Why didn't you do diflFer- 
ently?" they answer again in the same hope- 
less strain, "I didn't know." 

The failure world is heaped high with 
those who "didn't know." They glut the 
marts of trades and professions, while there 
are positions calling insistently and con- 


stantly to the one who does know, knows 
that he knows, and knows how to express 
what he knows. 

Have a plan^ is the slogan of all success, 
from the man who breaks rocks to the mas- 
ter builder. The plan is the fulcrum which 
lifts the formless into form; until one has a 
plan of life, his world is void. He has to 
learn to say, "Let there be light" on his own 
pathway; and the plan is the ray of light 
which leads him into ultimate perfection. 

The individual who starts his day without 
a plan is walking straight towards failure. 
I have seen women, housewives, begin their 
day without any plan. I have asked them, 
"What are you going to do to-day?** and 
they have answered, "Oh! I don't know, 
most anything,'* and their home has shown 
their violation of man's first law. It was a 
living lesson preaching its own sermon be- 
side the home of the little conscious woman 
who said "Today, I shall do this and that 


or finish this, or that/' who knew every step 
of her way, pushed all things into shape, 
and made a home out of the law, order and 
power of her own consciousness. 

The first home is a failure home, the 
woman a failure as a home maker, a failure 
as a friend, wife, mother or anything she at- 
tempts, for a *^I don't know" never pro- 
duced anything but a family of "I don't 
knows," and "I don't know" is the corner 
stone of the home of despair and poverty. 

There are places on the path where the 
human mind cannot include all the law of 
the past, present and future, but therfe is 
never a place where a mind worth calling 
a mind, cannot include control and com- 
mand the now. 

You can know what you want, how you 
want it, and what you are going to do about 
getting it, this hour, this day, and we know 
that whatever we put into time (to-day) we 
build into eternity (tomorrow). 


The individual who hopes for success 
must become that success in his own mind, 
at once. He must build his plan as per- 
fectly as a draughtsman draws the pictured 
house, or the sculptor sets his sketch. 
Nothing can ever pass into form that has 
not first been projected in consciousness. 
Everything must live first in the brain of 
the master builder. It does not matter 
what the d.esire is, it must eventually come 
out into manifestation. 

No matter what we want to do, we must 
work it all out in our mind just exactly as 
we want it to be. We must not allow our 
minds to accept one single idea that links 
us with less than the perfect. We must 
know what we want, how we want it and 
what we are going to do to get it, and then, 
every day be more and more insistent in our 

The one who hopes to go on from good, 
to better and best, can only do so in the 



degree in which he brings the perfected vi- 
sion of thought and action into unity. 

Have a plan — then day and night live in 
the full realization of this plan — think, 
speak, be the thing itself. Do not accept 
anything less than all you desire, think it 
out to the smallest detail, for aimless drift- 
ing and formless drifting can take no part in 
the life of the one who would win. 

Success by any other law than that of 
conscious, spiritual direction and control, is 
built upon the law of change. If you drift \ 
accidentally into success you can acciden- 
tally drift out again, but the success gained 
through the law of self knowledge and con- 
scious obedience to God's Universal law of 
order, through the perfected spiritual ar- 
rangements and placing of our own human 
desires, is success for ever, because it is the 
at-one-ment of human design with Universal 

"God helps those who help themselves" 


is a true axiom, and God the Universal Life^ 
wants us to have everything that we want 
and will aid us to get it, as soon as we have 
intelligence enough to take universal direc- 

Jesus said, "All that my Father hath is 
mine," but he also taught that this was only 
true when man became a good steward for 
his Father's supply. 

When we, through higher understanding 
project the plan of our own human life and 
then resolutely command this plan to mani- 
fest, we will find that there is concerted 
action between the universal and personal 
laws of life and we can speak this plan into 
the very silences of the Universal Mind and 
myriad forms of success will come out and 
gather round us. 

Holding the plan up before bur own inner 
vision, projecting it into the very face of the 
Infinite All, following it with unclouded eyes 
unwaveringly as the sailor tracks the polar 


star, success of any or all kinds begins for 
us and can never end, for we have become 
the very law that we are seeking. 

Let those who will, believe the old toorld law 

That man was bom to suffer length on length; 
It is a lie! the soul within us speaks^ 

We lift our thoughts and feel a new bom strength. 
We are the lords of all our outer world; 

We make the plan by which our life h€LS might; 
And as our thoughts oj conquest forth are hurled. 

We build the law oJ Peace, and Truth, and Right. 

Third Success Method 

When one has found his place in the great 
system of Universal Consciousness and has 
faithfully fulfilled all the personal side of 
the laws of adjustment; when his plan has 
become so crystallized that it hangs like a 
shining star of promise in his field of con- 
scious thinking; when, sleeping or waking, 
he is one with the divine order of his desire, 
then he is really ready to receive fulfillment* 

Why doesn't he receive it? There are 
many who have found themselves, built 
their plan with all the skill of a divine 
architect, yet the success which they seek 
eludes them. After days, nights, months, 
years perhaps, they sink down in despair 
saying, "There is no use trying." 

I have a letter on my desk from some 


one telling the story of their struggle for 
success in the conquest of poverty; it says: 
"We have held on for years and done our 
best; but we don't seem to shove this 
bondage off of us. Jim is discouraged and 
ready to give up all hope of ever getting 
money enough to be free; somehoviT I haven't 
quit yet; I am still living in expectation. 
Can you help us to a fuller realization of our 
own power?" 

This is the story of the multitude: "What 
is the next thing to do?" There is only one 
answer. Don't hurry — take your time — 
live each day for all there is in it. There 
is not a step on the path that does not 
bring its own compensation. Twin born, 
the flowers of loss and gain bloom in full 
fragrance in time's paradise. 

Life is a season; man is a new born 
plant and not all of life is born in us all 
at once. We ripen out of one law of con- 
sciousness and its embodiment, into others. 


There are many desires which take time to 
develop; they cannot come in a few days^ 
hours or months* 

If the thing you plan is a sublime and 
lasting thing to stand the test of time, it 
must draw inspiration from many moons of 

Grace is a moment* s bappy jortune^ 
Power is a life's slow growth.** 

We must remember that our today and 
our tomorrow of possession is linked with 
our yesterdays. We have often set many 
causes into operation in the past, which 
operates as a privilege or a lack of privilege 
in this new day. 

There are lives which have many things 
to square with the Universal. Not every- 
one who says "Lord, Lord," will enter into 
the Kingdom of Health, Wealth, Love, Joy, 
Happiness or Freedom. "The Kingdom of 
Heaven (Harmony) is not taken by vio- 
lence." We must reap what we have sown; 


reap all that stands between us and our new 
garnering, before the perfect fruit of all we 
desire will come to us. For the Law will 
take, and the Law will break, whatever is 
truly its own; and our delayed desires are 
but the signal of our own debts to the Uni- 
versal Law of Love and Justice. 

Many hearts throw down their hope at 
the very moment when they are just ready 
to receive life's gifts; they send them away 
by their changed consciousness; they do 
not know that substance is always changing, 
as is our position towards it, and that if 
we want to succeed we must keep the same 
hope eternally renewed under every and all 
conditions. Time is an element in all hu- 
man desires; time does not limit, it always 
fulfills, and waiting is one of the greatest 
human initiations. 

After one has fully projected the plan, he 
has nothing to do but to water it con- 
tinually with the rains, dews and showers 


of his expectations, and wait that hour when 
he has passed up the proofs of his own 
steadfastness. Some things by their own 
natural law will come slowly. " Soon the nar- 
cissus blooms and dies, but slow the flower 
whose blossom is too mature to fruit." 
The life that can know itself and link up 
consciously with the Universal system of 
transference, by getting into its own natural 
groove, then steadily, unwaveringly, project 
its plan, and, flinging its whole conviction 
into it, wait patiently upon the law of the 
thing it desires, living in the consciousness 
of the eternal now, this life is one with the 
great Universal law of success; and as it 
sweeps on in rhythmic circles, it will come 
face to face with its desire, worked out in 
sane, sensible form. 

On the JooFs path are broken petals scattered^ 

Telling of baste too eager to be blest; 
Wbile close beside, there shine the gleaming footpritUs, 

Where feet, too tme for eagerness, have pressed. 

Fourth Success Method 

We meet persons every day who have 
found themselves, who have a plan, who 
have patience to wait, and yet they are 
not a success. 

They find one engagement, one position, 
one home, one friend after another, but 
they are never happy, never satisfied, and 
change and confusion is over them. 

What is the matter? Why are they not 
successful when they are filling so many of 
the success laws? 

This is the great question. Why? 

Surely the reason is not very apparent, 
and one has to direct careful and deliber- 
ate attention to their life before the ques- 
tion can be answered for them* 


After enough thought and attention has 
been given, the reason pops up like a "jack- 
in the box" clamoring for recognition, and 
we are amazed that we did not know it 

The answer is found in the unhappy dis- 
position of the individual. Moods have 
wrecked tens of thousands. 

"Clean up your moods!" This is the 
slogan of the successful person. 

With a hateful disposition, no one can 
ever become a permanent success. 

Self-culture is not a myth. There are 
negative, destructive states of mind, that 
will destroy the finest genius if they are 
allowed to manifest and take part in the 

There are persons with dispositions so 
vicious that they are like biting dogs. No 
one is safe for a moment from the out- 
bursts of their spiteful tongues and temper. 

Hasty temper has cost more than one per- 


son a good position; lost others a really 
valuable friend, and shut the door of grand 

No one wants as a friend, companion, 
wife, husband, employee or employer, one 
who is likely to fly into a rage and lose his 
head at the slightest provocation. 

Every condition worth while calls for 
poised, calm, self-controlled states of mind. 
In these there is power and opportunity; 
in haste and rage there is nothing but lack 
of opportunity and waste of energy. 

I know a man whose temper is like a 
raw-edged blade, continually cutting every- 
one who comes near it. He has his whole 
immediate family cowed down and afraid 
of him; everyone sidesteps his temper. He 
is allowed to go on each day, bullying the 
household into subjection. 

Visiting there one day, the gentle mother, 
afraid of the eff'ect some New Thought 
ideas might have upon this big tyrant, cau- 


tioned mc, saying: "Now be careful, don't 
make AI. mad/' She said it for days, until 
at last I said: "Who is AI.? He is no 
better than the rest of mankind, and why 
should I fear to make him mad? Let him 
get mad if he wants to. It is his privi« 
lege, but I am a free agent in consciousness, 
and the divine thinker of my own thoughts, 
and he had better look out that he does not 
make me mad/' 

No one had ever dared to "make him 
mad," yet the fact remained that he was 
"mad" all the time and a confirmed grouch. 

The dear ones in the home, who love 
us, may protect us in our destructive states 
of consciousness, and we make them the 
victims of our moods and tenses; but there 
will come a time and place when the world 
will teach us that if we sulk or act spite- 
fully we will do it alone. 

The whole world of successful business 
waits for the big, genial, loving person, who 


will be a mascot for it; but it has no place 
for the crabbed, uncontrolled, moody, sulk- 
ing individual, who thinks the whole world 
was made to serve and adjust to him. 

We have no more right to pour our dis- 
cordant states of mind into the lives of 
those around us, and rob them of their 
sunshine and brightness, than we have the 
right to enter their houses and steal the 

Unhappy black moods, discouragement, 
hasty temper, sulks and grouches are mental 
habits, and they have no more right to be 
allowed to persist than any other indelicate, 
uncultivated habit. 

It is just as uncouth and ungentlemanly, 
to wear a sulk as it is to wear a soiled collar. 
Neither will I>e tolerated where the standards 
are true and high. 

Gentleness, patience, consideration for 
others, self-forgetfulness and true selfness, 
are all the trophies of well-directed thought 


culture. They build up a personality that 
has one hundred per cent of attracting force. 

We can be small, mean, narrow, bigoted 
and fault-finding, with our hand against 
every man, and his hand against us, but 
as the years go on, we lose our value in 
every respect; our room is preferred to our 

People will tolerate us, but they will not 
desire us, and after a while the whole world 
will pass us by, leaving us to eat out our 
hearts with the bitterness of spirit which 
our own discordant thinking has engendered 
within us. 

We can set ourselves to clean up these 
endless little weaknesses of disposition, and 
put in their place, through persistent self- 
culture, the states of mind and heart which 
bring us forth as a personality valuable in 
every walk of life. 

We can be "big," true and kind, patient, 
forbearing, full of wisdom and understand- 


ing, and the world will come and gather 
round us, no matter where our feet may 
wander, bringing us the fruits of our life's 
greatness. Success then is ours, to remain 
with us. Everyone seeks to receive some- 
thing from and give something to the one 
who stands ever ready to give and receive. 
Our personality and character becomes, 
then, our guarantee of ability; and the gentle 
attention, the sympathetic understanding, en- 
dears us to our friends and home, while our 
geniality, patience, forbearance and tran- 
quillity make us indispensable in the big 
discordant world of work and conquest. 


Fifth Success Method 

When one has found himself, made his 
plans, taken the attitude of active patience, 
cleaned up his moods, what is needed ta 
precipitate into form his heart's desire? 
Many things; but chief among them all is 
the need of concentration; the power to 
know what he wants, to know the way he 
wants it, to be the divine thinker of his own 
thoughts; and, having done this, mind his 
own business. 

This does not mean that he will be blind 
to your business or mine, but that he will 
train his mind to be inclusive of all, but 
positive to outside desires. 

"As ye did it unto the least of these, ye 
did it unto me,'' it is written, and a legiti- 


mate attention to everybody's wants, desires 
and purposes, is an important essential in the 
success of our own. 

To be positive, however, in the thought 
of outside things, and negative to our own 
desires, is a failure law: any external thing 
that we endow with the power over us, will 
use this power simply because we have made 
it possible by our own thoughts. 

The Concentrated mind owns itself. It is 
success, and it thinks itself straight into the 
middle of the law of power. 

The diverse, flitting, rambling mind, is a 
failure from the start, because the power of 
life lies in being able to unify all action, 
either mental or physical. 

The ten thousand changes and conditions 
of Efe through which we are forced to pass 
in the search for what we call our success, 
demands that we arrange every step of the 
path of life with a precision and definiteness 
that is unimpeachable. 


"Our business" is our watchword, and our 

business is made up of every other fellow's 
business; but our business is the center 
around which our thoughts and actions must 
swing every waking hour. 

No one else will or can mind our business 
but ourselves; the one who thinks differently 
is face to face that moment with failure. 

We can so arrange our business that we 
mind it through a multitude of people who. 
assist us, but these people are only a part 
of the plan of our business. They may asr 
sume complete control for that time and 
place, but if we drop them out of our con* 
sciousness, or worry about them, or break 
the law in any way, they will sometime ben 
come a rebellious factor and undermine ouD 
success. I 

The one who chooses what he desires 
must stand by this desire and vitalize it into 
perfect success through his own thought, 
force. If he leaves it to become the caprice 


of other minds, or if he de- vitalizes it by his 
concern about other businesses like his own, 
and puts his thought into those things, 
thereby getting caught in the mesh of com- 
petition, he will fail in time. 

He will not fail because his own business 
was not a winning thing, but because he 
took the life blood from it by his own foolish 
worry and resistance. 

"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do 
it with thy might,'' is the keynote of success 
in any walk of life and the lodestone that 
will wrench from the Universal the things 
that we require. 

A young physician, tired of the long hours 
of waiting for his practice, began to worry 
about the numerous calls and busy practices 
of his neighbor physicians, and after a while, 
to kill the monotony of the waiting he left his 
office and began to frequent a nearby club. 

An old friend, who had watched with con- 
cern the young doctor's career, finding his 


office empty day after day, printed this card, 
which he hung up in the doctor's office dur- 
ing one of the latter's visits to the club: 
" Keep your office and the office will keep you/' 

Mind your business. This was the true 
call to success for that life, and he is now a 
successful surgeon with a large incorporated 

One time a friend gave me the address of 
a hairdresser, and needing her attention I took 
an opportunity to call upon her. As I 
came to the number on the street I found a 
large show window full of splendid hair, 
hair ornaments and figures with the latest 
modes of hairdressing, and I thought, "What 
a big splendid establishment this must be.'' 

I went upstairs, took my place in the usual 
cabinet, and as the assistant was working 
on my hair, I heard a wonderful one-sided 
conversation over the telephone, between the 
owner of the establishment and one whom I 
judged to be the landlord, and I learned 



then and there that the window I had seen 
did not belong to the establishment. I found 
out in five minutes all about another firm, 
all its success, all its power to hurt this 
establishment, and that the landlord had 
let the lower floor to a competitive hair 
goods merchant, that the competitive hair goods 
merchant had done such a great week's trade, 
and that she had lost $200 from her usual 
week's returns. 

I would never have known any of these 
things had the owner of the establishment 
that I was in minded her own business and 
held her tongue. She then and there spoke 
the other firm into success and herself into 
failure, and had she continued in that line 
of thought and action, she could have ruined 
herself by her own foolish methods, and she 
would have forever blamed it on the other 

As I passed out, I said, "It is my privilege 
to teach you how to mind your own busi- 


ness. Will you come to my success lecture 
tomorrow night?'* 

She came; and I took this fundamental 
for the talk.^ She saw the law, and now has 
passed herself on into one success after an- 
other by refiising to endow any external 
thing with power over her own success law. 

Mind your own business after you know 
what it is. No matter what anyone does or 
does not, it cannot affect us unless we think 
it can, and divert our power of creation and 
attraction by this thinking. 

The law of divine attraction makes every 
one One with his own, and our own is just 
what we create for ourselves; and deep nor 
high can take our own away. 

We become the law of our own business, 
and it rises and falls at our own command 
and not from external command or competi- 

Our business can only become a burning 
bush of power and attraction when we fan 


it into a white flame by the enthusiasm, at- 
tention and belief of our own life. From its 
own center must our own arise; the whole 
world's cinders cannot make it live or extin- 
guish it. 

In our own genius the germ of freedom, 
power and success Iies> and day after day, 
with our eye single to our own business and 
double to the business of those around us, 
there will spring up for us such an eternal 
law of the action of finer forces that whatever 
our hand touches turns at once into that 
tjiing which we desire. 

Our own business then, no matter what it 
is, objective or subjective, becomes a won- 
derful magnificent reality, which grows more 
and more brilliant as each day goes on and 
we intensify and re-intensify this great success 

Sixth Success Method 

When one reads the vast majority of 
books, with instruction of how to acquire 
success, he soon finds that all their instruc- 
tions are directed toward the mass-man and 
devoted to calling the attention of the un- 
fortunate and unsuccessful to his faults; all 
eflForts point to the reconstruction of the life 
of those who are down and out. 

It seldom occurs to the ordinary mind 
that all things work together for the good or 
bad of everybody, and when the last word 
has been said to the employer, the employed, 
and the unemployed, there yet remain vast 
books to be written for the use of the em- 
ployer, the master, the leader, the controller 
of things and of people. 

The employer, leader, or teacher and every 


life acting in a law of power and control has 
success and failure methods, and in the de- 
gree they operate them they take part in 
the upbuilding or destruction of their own 
and others* success. "The one who teaches 
learns/' and as soon as anyone is in a posi- 
tion of power where his advice is given and 
acted upon, he is linked eternally with those 
who act upon it — this is Karma, or the law 
of cause and effect, and through this he 
learns to give finer and finer advice. 

There is a great cosmic law of "live and 
let live, " and those who are the fittest in 
the struggle for existence have the strongest 
will to work either rightness or iniquity. 
Our place on the path determines our power 
and the leader, employer or master who has 
the top round of the ladder of privilege 
and then deliberately kicks the one below 
him in the face, has the opportunity to do 
it, but not the right under the higher law of 
justice and he will do it at his own risk. 


There are many people who remain ob- 
scure because they are unfit for authority, 
and there are brutal offensive lives every- 
where in authority. Power gives the indi- 
vidual a chance to express his own real 
nature, and when the desires are all for the 
self, he has little regard for the wants or 
feelings of others. Employers may bully 
their help along, they may sweat and drive 
them, getting the last cent's worth of labor 
out of them, and the employees may not be 
able to help themselves just at that moment, 
but the law of life keeps strict account, and 
somewhere the employers will feel the lash 
of their own law; sometimes the divine life- 
current in the submerged employees will 
burst forth in mad rebellion or insurrection, 
then strife, and blood-shed will settle the 

In Vancouver, British Columbia, I saw a 
sight that made me wonder ''how long, oh, 
God, how long?'* A great band of newly 


immigrated Hindu laborers were gathered to- 
gether by a crowd of bosses to do some heavy 
Ialx)r. These gentle big-eyed, dreaming In- 
dians "forever in a doze whether or not their 
eyelids close," some of them still wearing 
their native turban, not one of them speak- 
ing a word of our language, knowing nothing 
at all of our world or its ways, and over 
them a big, brawling, ignorant boss, brutal, 
domineering, filled with the egoism of his own 
new authority; the Hindus were like dumb 
driven cattle, and there was no human hand 
or mind between them and their heartless 
master. It was his hour, but it was Truth's 
hour, too, and with every brutal curse and 
blow the cosmic hand wrote for him and 
moved on, and I read over his head: "God 
is not mocked, and what a man sows, that 
also shall he reap." 

Again, in a restaurant, in Boston, a big 
blustering arrogant head-waiter, walking the 
floor in pompous authority spoke to every 


waitress as if she was his spaniel, in« 
stead of a hard-working human being. I 
heard what he said to the waitress at my 
table and I said to her," Why do you allow 
such a bully to rule over you, why don't 
you hang up your apron and leave?" She 
answered, "We have to take it because it is 
the same most everywhere, all waiters are 
at the mercy of a domineering head-waiter, 
and I have a mother to support and must 
keep my job, no matter how I am insulted." 
A little learning, and a little power is a 
dangerous thing, and power misused can 
bring the longest round of despair. There 
are men in every walk of life, strong, posi- 
tive, creative, able to cope with almost any 
condition, who never give a decent word or 
thought to those who are inferior to them, 
they are building their own failure law to 
meet them further on. They live in a world 
of inferiors, they never accept an equal or 
dream of a superior, and they poise them- 


selves in an exalted spot and deal out their 
ultimatum to the rest of the world. Once 
a man came to me for success treatments. 
He said that he had always been successful, 
born so, had always had his own way, made 
easy money and everybody bowed down to 
his will; he had been in a steady run of luck 
— health, success and power — until about 
a year ago, then things began to change, his 
success turned, investments failed, friends 
deceived him, and his help in factory and 
store were careless and impudent; his chil- 
dren had all gone abroad with their mother, 
he was alone, wondering why these things 
should come to him. I gave him the treat- 
ment but I knew that he was face to face 
with himself and I waited to show him a 
picture of himself before telling him the 
whole truth. The next day I called him on 
the *phone. I purposely blundered my 
words, held him up, called again. He roared 
over the 'phone, snapped, snarled, swore at 


the 'phone girl, gave a loud dictatorial order 
to some one while he was waiting to get my 
word. If I had opened the door of a bear- 
pit I would have had as pleasant a greeting. 
I called him for two days repeating the ex- 
periment; when he came I told him the story 
of the destructive use of power. 

Forty years of cruel, hard, resistful com- 
pelling service; lack of appreciation, lack 
of patience, lack of tolerance — all had done 
their perfect failure work for him and failure 
was beginning to express its own law; his 
wife and children had left him, because, in 
spite of his name, place and power, he had 
sat at the head of his table cold; hard as 
flint; using his power to direct and control, 
but not to attract. His family had respected 
him, perhaps, had feared him, certainly, but 
loved him, never — they could not, for he 
was everything but love. 

Employers, and all who deal with the 
many, owe a great deal to the truth of har- 


monious association; the one who is right 
with the lives that serve him will prosper; 
there are places when a big creative life can- 
not stand for suggestions from one who is 
not struggling, as he is, to pull off big things, 
and then he does not need to allow it. Take 
for instance, — an inventor sees his vision, 
and no one can expect to see it just as he 
does, and he has a right to be, to a marked 
degree, intolerant of others and their opinion, 
but to be so that no one can approach him 
and to be almost impossible to live with, so 
that all his assistants fear and despise him, 
this is not genius, it is pure uncontrolled 
moods and tenses, which, left to themselves, 
will destroy the very thing he desires. When 
one is really great in genius and under- 
standing, he knows that the biggest life is 
the one which includes the most, and who 
most perfectly expresses the things he in- 
cludes, and ^*he who conquers himself is 
greater than he who taketh a city. " 


Those who have power to do, to say, to 
be, have also a great responsibility and as 
they act toward the very least of earth's 
children, they set the laws for themselves, 
in the long run. It has been written, "Ye 
shall not set your childrens* teeth on edge," 
and true leadership can only come to one 
who feels in all, and through all, the great 
law of justice and love. 

"Do unto others as ye would that they 
should do unto you'' is not too old to use 
in the New Civilization. Live for all you 
are worth yourself, but let the others have 
a chance to live too. This is true success; 
team work is hard to do perfectly, but if 
we use our genius, our power, our mastery 
to help others, and rise in deeper patience 
and helpfulness to the majesty of our place 
on the path, then power becomes a wonder- 
ful possession, our word never comes back 
to us void, and we can know that we 
are the highest expression of our own type 


of consciousness; that we can command, 
everything will love to obey, because we 
are one with all, in truth, in justice, and in 

Seventh Success Method 


The polar opposite of faith is fear, and 
the great master and pioneer of mental 
science — Helen Wilmans wrote : " There is 
only one live devil, that is jear.^* And the 
more we study humanity and its many- 
sided expressions, the more we see the wis- 
dom of her words. Fear, more than any 
other thing, operates against success. No 
one can reach the summit of himself as long 
as he tries to climb with this ball and chain 
weighing him down. 

Fear stands as a gloomy sentinel and will 
not let the Spirit pass into possession of its 
best. The strands of failure are made from 
the fibres of fear; wherever fear is active, 
failure is its neighbor. 


Looking at this very active agent we are 
obliged to ask the question, "where did fear 
originate, of what are we afraid, and why 
does fear dog the footsteps of the whole 
failure world?" 

Try as we will to deny it, the fact remains 
that no matter how unfolded a human life 
is, there is always something of which it is 
afraid. Sometimes it is manifested as physi- 
cal fear, sometimes as psychological fear, 
sometimes as spiritual fear, but fear of some- 
thing and weakness of character in that 
particular direction is a part of the scheme of 
the race unfoldment. And where fear is 
positive in the nature, controlling and limit- 
ing the life's natural forces, there is nothing 
on earth that will turn aside the negative 
results of this law. 

Fear is the inheritance we have received 
from primeval man; the younger the nation, 
race or individual, the more fear there is 


In the beginning of life, when man first 
found himself, he found that self surrounded 
by things with which he was totally unfamil- 
iar; he found danger on every side; the 
roar of the wild beasts around him struck 
terror to his soul and he soon found that he 
was in perpetual danger; in every unguarded 
moment he became a prey for the beasts in 
the jungle. Hemmed in on every side by 
destroying elemental forces, he came by fear 
and caution to protect his own life; gradually 
this ever present need developed a fear- 
consciousness which increased or decreased 
according to his power of coping with the ele- 
mental forces; those who were able to outwit 
the beast, destroy the viper, escape the 
lightning stroke and withstand the wind and 
storms, gradually developed a moral courage 
which in time cast out all physical fear — 
these became the progenitors of all races of 
dauntless courage, but those who, slower in 
perception, cruder in action, and timid in 


power, grew more and more fearful, devel- 
oped a fear consciousness which became the 
progenitor of a race of physical cowards. 
The descendants of these physical cowards 
are everywhere. 

Ignorance, and the lack of power, was the 
root of the tree of fear and its branches in 
the present day are self-consciousness and 
lack of true knowledge of self, people and 

^We only fear what we do not understand, 
and no one ever fears to express himself 
only in the degree he is in a false position 
to himself. Men fear physical conditions be- 
cause they are unfamiliar with the things 
and conditions in them. They fear people 
because they do not know them. 

Who ever thought of being afraid of one 
he loved? A perfect love casteth out all fear, 
and perfect love means perfect understand- 
ing. We will fear until we learn that there 
is nothing in all the world of which we need 


be afraid, and nothing can harm us but our- 
selves. The lion tamer has no fear of the 
den of lions, and Daniel in the lions' den 
was perfectly safe through this knowledge of 
the true laws of all life, his conscious union 
made for him a new condition. 

There is something in the soul of man 
which rises supreme over the animal world. 
Man has finished and included all of the 
animal consciousness centuries ago and has 
pent up within him the latent consciousness 
of all the animal kingdom — it is for man to 
command and it must obey. 

Men fear new conditions, because they are 
outside of their immediate experiences. There 
are some who would as soon face a loaded 
cannon as break in in a new position, or 
meet a new responsibility, but after they are 
acquainted with it they are brave as a lion. 
All things are easy and common-place as 
soon as they are old. There are crowds of 
failures simply because we are afraid of each 


other. Good actors and actresses have failed 
because they could not forget the crowd out- 
side the footlights; fear brings self-conscious- 
ness, and this is death to all true greatness. 
Singers fail again and again because self- 
conscious fear stifles their breath and grips 
them so that they cannot express their best. 
One season I had the opportunity of watch- 
ing the workings of fear in the human mind. 
We gave weekly an afternoon New Thought 
matinee, and the first hour was devoted to 
reading, impersonations, and music, the other 
hour was given to the regular lecture. I 
heard many of the readers and singers at 
rehearsal with no one present but ourselves. 
The singers sang like angels and did their 
parts in splendid power and abandon, but 
afterward, when the hour came for public 
work they failed to get themselves across the 
footlights or to be one-tenth of one per cent 
expressed! Why? They had a large, 
friendly, inspiring audience — people anxious 


and ready to be generous and accord them 
full recognition, but they failed to make a 
place for themselves in the heart of the 
public, because they were paralyzed with fear, 
they were afraid of their own kind; afraid 
of the civilized men and women who came 
out just to be entertained and who only 
asked of them that they should do their 
best. Fear I self-consciousness and lack of 
poise took away their immortal birthright 
and gave them a mess of pottage. 

There is no cure for fear but faith. One 
has to first know the truth — that all life 
is the same life and everyone on the path of 
life is seeking the same things and going in the 
same direction. There is only one man on the 
path and he is ourself, yesterday, today or 
tomorrow. "No man is our friend or enemy, 
but all are our teachers." The old mystics 
said, "Have faith in yourself before God.'* 
And, "Blessed is the man who condemneth 
not himself that thing which he alloweth/' 


There is no way of reducing life to a cer- 
tainty. The years are alwa;ys more or less 
full of things, people and conditions which 
are new. It is necessary for true progress, 
and to be afraid to meet each new day is 
soul cowardice, from which we must rescue 
ourselves. Life demands that we induce at 
a moment's notice an intelligence which will 
cope with any and all things around us and 
do it masterfully. The one who has Jaitb in 
himself will never doubt other things, he 
will build his resolve on his ideal and fling 
himself resolutely after it. 

Over half of life is lived in consciousness, 
and idealization, and it takes a faith as 
boundless as our love of God to make it 
materialize. The substance of things hoped 
for are not easily transmuted into things 
gained and the only thing which transmutes 
them is Jaitb. Through faith, Sara con- 
ceived and bore Isaac, and through faith the 
most barren life can conceive ideals and hold- 


ing fast to them, see them born into^ perfect 
manifestation. Faith makes the business man 
strong enough to venture and win. Faith 
teaches him to wait and trust until changing 
fortune again turns the wheel. Faith makes 
the friend, the lover, the mourner, all go 
forward with a hope that never fails. Fear 
has shut the door of success in the face of 
millions, but faith ever stands ready to open 
it and let the free spirit pass to new levels 
of peace, power and plenty. Success built 
upon faith is ever renewing. It remains 
because it is reborn over and over again 
through itself. 

Eighth Success Method 

When one has arrived at the eighth fun- 
damental, he is beginning to have an intel- 
ligent idea of just what life requires of him, 
and his success or failure gathers around 
him according to the magnet he has made of 

One cannot go very far in self-analysis 
before he finds that all things gather round, 
leave and return to the self, and this self 
becomes an absorbing study. 

There is no such thing in the world as un- 
selfishness, if there were we would cease to 
exist, for the self is the center of the magnet 
called "man"; it is man himself and always 
will be. There arc two distinct expressions 
of self — one of these makes for the eternal 


and abiding success and is drawn from the 
varieties of living; the other often brings 
an apparent success, but it is built on the 
laws of change which manifest eventually in 
failure. The success method is called by 
these selfishness, but the new world calls 
one "selfness" or universality, and the other, 
separateness or personality. Upon these two 
great laws hang the past, present and future 
of every living soul. 

Personality and universality are both states 
of consciousness and no one is to be blamed 
or praised because of them, but he must be 
taught of them, so that he will recognize the 
results of his own laws. The younger one 
is in the contact of the experiences of life, 
the more personal and separate he will be; 
he will only know himself and his own de^ 
sires, his own aims and these will dominate 
his mind and actions. The everlasting ego 
stands out in pride and arrogance, and says 
to the whole world: "I — I want! I ami 


I must have/' and I, me and mine is the 
trinity of his consciousness. On the path of 
life, in the association with men, we easily 
recognize this great army of egotists by their 
slogan, "what's in it for me?" This is their 
first and last word and unless there is some- 
thing "in it" for them, they don't move. 

Great wonderful things may be waiting 
everywhere, calling for a strong hand and a 
true heart to push them into form for the 
universal good, but their ears are deaf and 
their strength unattainable unless they can 
rise on these things of their own desires. 

The personal egotist, separate, self-seeking 
often secures his own for a while, because he 
feeds upon everything in his environment. 
He uses everything as legitimate material to 
pave his way. He will rise to his immediate 
desire even if he steps upon the heart of 
his best friend, and he oftens drags to slaugh- 
ter the fondest love which has laid itself at 
his feet. 


It has been written in other words fay those 
who knew, "The wicked flourish like the 
green bay tree," faut it is also written, 
"Leave them alone, they be blind leaders of 
the blind, and if the blind lead the blind, 
they shall both fall into the ditch/' And 
life, everywhere, proves that this is true. 
They may have and hold till the want grows 
cold whatever is their desire, and may 
squeeze out of it all that is in it for them, 
but they are one with the law of their own 
relationship, and this is change. The uni- 
versal law of life is on their trail, and it is 
the law of God that the consciousness and 
things of "I, me and mine," must pass on, 
and through the experiences that come to 
them through these desires they can and will 
go on with the higher law of "ours," and still 
farther into the true selfness, and universality 
of thine. 

The failures come to the personal life be- 
cause in its own conceited selfhood it links 


itself with the method that brings failure. 
One must eventually lose his opportunities 
when everyone knows that he operates 
every action of his life by what he will get 
out of it. Employees will leave a firm some 
day where only the employers' interests are 
served; the hour may be long delayed be* 
cause of the lack of true selfness of the 
employees but the handwriting is on the 
wall and he must meet his own method. 
An employee who shows that his whole in* 
terest is personal and who works only for 
what there is in it for him is a failure. 
There are thousands of such failures, why? 
because in their search for opportunities and 
work they were not really hunting these, but 
were really hunting a nice soft snap, where 
they could draw a good salary and get all 
out of it they can and give nothing in return; 
they want to get three hours' pay for one hour's 
work; their employers soon discover it and 
above.their exalted ego write the word 

<«^U* 1- »• 


We get out of life what we put in it and 
the balance of success turns on the law of 
•'with what measure ye mete, it shall be 
meted unto you." 

The personal, separate life loses its value 
as a friend and in time finds itself forgotten 
and counted out, for tolerance ceases to be a 
virtue when it forces friendship into personal 
service. These people fail just as surely in 
love. True it is that "love suffereth long 
and is kind, does not take ofifense, seeks to 
give of itself," but love must love, and after 
a while it will turn away just as naturally 
as the sunflower turns to the sun, and claim 
its own where it finds it. 

A sweet, true patient love is something to 
give and gain, but it is not worth the price 
of a soul paid down. Unless one gets a soul 
in exchange he will some day take it out of 
the grasp of the tyrant who is using it and 
put it back into the Divine life, to await 
the perfect answer to its call. Robbed at 


last of opportunities, privileges, friends, and 
love, "every tree that the Heavenly Father 
hath not planted is rooted up'* and standing 
with the wreckage of their own storm around 
them, they are forced into the ditch and in 
failure and despair are ready to eat the 
crumbs that fall from the universal table. 
Here we find them and knowing the law we 
give them the key to their own self-made 
condition and regeneration can begin. The 
law of selfness saves them and they come out 
into success and power: Stronger often, and 
more steadfast than those who have not paid 
so great a price for the higher knowing. 

No man lives to himself and no man dieth 
to himself I This is the great law of univer- 
sality, selfness and success. The sooner we 
know this and merge our own life into the 
manifold interests of others, the more quickly 
our own desires will be manifested and things 
born of this law are ours forever. The 
personal success that comes to us through 


universal association with interest and help- 
fulness to others is a verity that time will 
only make more truly our own. 

We cannot push our personal desires 
through the very center of another's hopes 
and find lasting success. We cannot fling 
down the aspiration and dreams of another 
and climb by them into eternal fame and 
glory. We cannot step over a broken human 
heart to continuous happiness; the law of 
life is not mocked, but we can link our life, 
our dreams, our aspirations, our love with 
the deep centralized desires of those around 
us and mount as by eagles* wings to the very 
mountain tops of our hearts* desires^ We 
are only atoms in the whole, and in the 
long run, all love is plussed by love, all 
helpfulness by helpfulness, all service by 

All small lives talk, live and act separate^ 
ness, egoism and personalities, and they will 
by natural law register these things around 


them in failure until they learn through 
failure the weakness of their law. 

All great lives talk, live and act principles 
of unity, love, understanding and service — 
this makes them one with the truth of life 
in the highest and around them must come 
an ever increasing success power. 

Ninth Success Method 


There are few things about which the 
world is so genuinely stupid as the true at- 
titude to yesterday, today and tomorrow. 

The obsession of this trinity of time, 
stands as a sentinel and will not let the race 
mind pass into a peaceful mental or spiri- 
tual state. 

Remorse about yesterday, uncertainty 
about today and dread of tomorrow drives 
the human consciousness on into a wild 
burst of psychical despair from which only 
the strong word of truth will ever rescue it. 

There are thousands of failure lives caught 
in the destructive obsession of yesterday; 
they have tried and failed; their past is full 
of regret, remorse and rebellion against con- 


ditions over which they apparently have no 
control; fortunes lost, friends gone, oppor- 
tunities passed by, old age with them, they 
sink down in weakened courage and go round 
and round in the thought drag-net of their 
dead yesterday; they think of all they have 
not succeeded in accomplishing, think of 
deeds done which had better have been left 
undone. All these take the light from the 
eye, the spring from the step, the courage 
from their hearts, and there is no possibility 
of their accrediting themselves in a new way 
for they are one with the deepest degree of 
failure, and they never know that they are 
building it for themselves. 

Regret, remorse and bitter, jealous mem- 
ories are devils born of ignorance and strife; 
when these, united through the soul, come 
thronging, the gates of hell swing inward 
for that life, and he alone can close them; 
he can close them with no uncertain hand 
when h? wwderstands that the past, present 


and future are one. There is no such thing 
as a mistake; no such thing as lost oppor- 
tunities; there is no such thing as the past — 
there is just life, and more and more life. 
Everything is the Eternal noWs and every 
hour behind us on the path wcls that this 
hour might be, and our experiences of yester- 
day were simply the methods which life took 
to drive us on into higher things. 

Everyone always does exactly the best 
he knows how to do, he often thinks that 
he did not do the best, but the fact remains 
that his actions are always based on his 
own consciousness, and somewhere in his 
own mind certain laws obtained which made 
it impossible for him to do differently just 
at that time. Perhaps he might have done 
differently had he known five minutes before 
what he knew five minutes after the doing, 
but this wisdom came as the result of doing. 
^'Experience is a dear teacher, but fools 
won't learn any other way.** 


Since we know that life is for experience, 
expression and inclusion, we stop our failure 
method — we do not look back — we keep 
out of the past. It has no message that we 
can understand, save what it speaks to us 
in the today. What we built into yesterday 
must come out in our today, and if we are 
continually recreating our old hours with 
our thoughts of today, we will never get 
free. If we want to go on to the new suc- 
cess awaiting us we must unwrap ourselves 
from the grave clothes of our yesterday. 

There is no use grieving over anything; 
no use recalling a painful memory, let it 
go! Life is always a going on; man's face 
was set to go forward, walking backward 
he stumbles. And there are always big new 
things ahead if we keep after them. 

One continuing and persistent obsession is 
the one of old age. "If I were young" has 
stood in the way of multitudes. This cer- 
tainly is a young people's age, and the really 


old man or woman has little hope of success 
as long as he holds on to old age. But in 
truth there is no old age, there is age; 
youth and age have no relationship to each 
other, and each has its own laws of success 
and conquest. Only the person who allows 
himself to really be old in his age will ever 
be a failure. Old age is waning enthusiasm 
— ^as long as one keeps enthusiasm and in- 
terest and unity he will find his place wait- 
ing for him. True it will not be among 
those of youth, nor in the occupations of 
youth, but age has its demands which youth 
can no more fill than age can fill youth's po- 

There are thousands of places, positions 
and conditions of life which call for the poise 
and judgment of mature minds, and the per- 
son with age and wisdom can fill these places. 

It was written that after many serious 
accidents on a certain railroad a close inves- 
tigation showed that they occurred through 


employees not remembering orders; through 
some one being asleep at the post, and 
another too late to receive a message when 
he should have been there, and the final de- 
cision was, "the men are too young." It 
could easily be seen that in such important 
places the sober judgment, lasting strength 
and physical endurance of older men were 
demanded. Youth has dash and glow and 
power to rush ahead and pioneer, but age 
has grit, endurance, steadfastness and power 
to hold on through hours of suspense and 
supreme tests, and these two avenues of life 
must forever be filled. The one who is ob- 
sessed with the thought of old age is shutting 
his own door of opportunity and no one says 
no to him but himself. 

Once I was asked, "what is there in life 
for a woman after she is fifty?" The old 
world says, "nothing," the only thing that 
she can do is to bury herself, and the old 
world said also that "men after forty should 


be chloroformed/' We have quit letting 
the croaker, the pessimist and the fatalist 
think and speak for the world. At fifty a 
man or woman is just beginning real life; 
they have finished their processes and are 
ready to begin a real existence; they have in 
them the wisdom born of many experiences, 
and their life can become a veritable cedar 
of Lebanon sheltering many tribes. 

If they seek the things in life, the people 
or the opportunities where age is a valuable 
factor, they will be one with a success higher 
than they have ever conceived existed for 
them. With experience, poise, power, en- 
durance and a young heart, and a clear 
mind that understands life and its needs, 
age is a royal pathway of power and wisdom 
and the young everywhere will come and 
gather around and bring the fruit of their 
lives' greatness. 

We can be old in heart, mind, body, 
crabbed, set apart and morbid over our in- 


creasing years and waning opportunities, 
and the world will pass us by, letting us die 

The obsession of today is another great 
stumbling block. There are thousands who 
expect to take out of today all their hopes 
and dreams, and weep because the day 
passes and nothing comes to them, they 
do not know that they are the cause of 
their own delay. Today is the product of 
our yesterday, and it is given us so that 
we may each day plus our own conscious- 

We can never take out of today anything 
that we did not create for ourselves in our 
yesterday. Time and eternity are one. 
What we build into today passes with us 
into our tomorrow, and when we face days 
and days of emptiness, it is a certain fact 
that in all our yesterdays, we did not ac- 
complish the law of our desires. If one 
wants to meet a day full of joy, love, peace 


and opportunity, he must live these things 
every passing hour, holding fast to them in 
faith, then as time passes by, his days plus 
each other and in some unexpected day he will 
meet all his own power and a perfect day of 
joy, love and opportunity will come to him, 
which will continue according to the power 
which he has generated. No one is to blame 
but ourselves if our today narrows down to 
dull, dreary monotony, and our life to petty 
confines; we reap what we sow, and we can 
never reap the harvest of anything unless we 
have sown the seed somewhere; nothing and 
nothing make nothing, and the way to get 
something into expression for ourselves is to 
set about creating it for ourselves in each 
hour of living; we can always live unfalter- 
ingly in the ultimate until it comes. 


Where now we wait a dreary waste may be. 
With no green thing to glad our longing eyes 
And Jar away across the bounding seas 
Are hid the balmy isles of Paradise" 


If we begin to fill our today with true 
understanding everything will change for us. 
There are many portals to Paradise, and we 
can open one for ourselves any moment by 

beginning to live in consciousness the law of 


that which we call "Paradise.*' 

Standing fast, then, we can call, and it 
must come, not by living months and years 
of waiting, but now, for in full realization, 
a thousand years are as but as one day I 

The obsession oj tomorrow is always recog- 
nized just as easily as one detects the traces 
of yesterday and today. The obsession 
limes out all over those who are caught 
in its negative drag-net. 

"Going to do it*'— this is their slogan. 
"Going to have it" — "Some day.** The 
future, like a mighty ruler, stands before 
them and worshipping it they are blind, deaf 
and dumb to their present opportunities. 

There are wondrous avenues of accomplish- 
ment opening on every hand, but something 


in their weak consciousness says, "wait" — 
" not now " — "some other time. " " Going to 
do it" is the finished law of procrastination. 
Procrastination is the seed, and "going to 
do it" the tree that springs from the obses- 
sion of tomorrow. There is nothing in this 
world that ever springs spontaneously per- 
fect. Creation, emanation and evolution is 
cosmic law, and it is human law too. And 
no matter what we want, have, do or be, 
we must begin it before we can finish it and 
possess the fruition. The individual who 
carries a hope, a dream, a desire hidden in 
his heart, and drags through days, months 
and years without the courage of putting it 
to the test, must be a failure because he 
is standing ever before his own unfulfilled 
selfhood. "God helps those who help them- 
selves" has been spoken for centuries, and a 
thousand unseen forces are waiting to assist 
the one who knows what he wants and then 
flings himself fearlessly on to his law. 


Once I met a great woman, great in genius, 
great in personality, great in expression. 
She was training to become a public reader 
and teacher and perhaps later an actress. 
In some past incarnations she had fulfilled 
the law of all these desires and she came 
into life equipped fully for these big endeav- 
ors. I was fond of her and eager for the 
world to have the privilege of enjoying her 
great gifts. Always she said, "not yet, I 
am going to do it." Then she went on 
studying, always with this discordant urge 
within her, she longed to stop and get out 
into her legitimate field; whenever she came 
to me, I said, "why don't you begin, get 
ready, announce yourself, get a business 
manager or get into a company, won't you 
please do something to give yourself a 
chance?" Yes, she would, she was "going 
to do it." Ten years have passed and she 
has never done it and today, after ten years 
of foolish resistance and wear and tear on 


the physical side which repressed genius al* 
ways brings, she is the decay of a glorious 
selfhood; lacking that subtle essence of di- 
vine command within her own soul she lost 
all, and will have to give this incarnation 
to the development of a consciousness which 
can direct her own soul. The world is full 
of those who are "going to do it*' and so it 
is full of failures. 

"Do it now,*' is the watchword of success. 
It is common sense to give ourselves a legit- 
imate amount of time to get ready for any- 
Y thing. The bigger our endeavor, the more 
time and thought it demands, and it is well 
said, "fools rush in where angels fear to 
tread," but it is also true that without this 
quality in the human soul which causes the 
fool to rush in, there are many fools who 
would forever remain at the fool's level of 
unfoldment. The urge that sends the fool 
on is the urge that deifies and glorifies our 
human endeavor and the fool follows it in 


uncontrolled, undirected enthusiasm, while 
the wise man guides it, cherishes it as his 
most precious possession, training himself to 
allow it to urge him on and through almost 
impossible accomplishments. 

"Going to do it" never gets any one any- 
where, and the one who rises powerfully to 
the top of his own mountain of success, is 
the one who first surveys the path to this 
mountain-pass and then taking the bit of the 
bridle of his own life in his teeth, runs away 
with himself. 

It is then that the world seeing him rush 
on in what appears to be madness, stops and 
says, "what is this?*' And with attention 
comes interest, and through interest comes 
praise or ridicule, and through these comes 
co-operation and his success is assured. Find- 
ing ourselves, knowing what we want to do, 
giving ' ourselves a legitimate time for per- 
fecting our ability to do, then doing it — 
this is the law of success. 


Do it now! We may have only one-tenth 
of one per cent perfection when we start 
anything, but practice makes perfect, and 
out of the very crudest material will come a 
gem, polished by use into a resplendent 
brightness. It is better to do and fail and 
profit by the wisdom born of this failure, 
than to sit down in unexpressed genius and 
atrophy from disuse. "The past is spent, 
the future is thy God's, today is thine, hold 
fast the precious treasure." 

Tenth Success Method 


The world is full of psychological sins. 
Every hour some one is transgressing the 
higher laws of truth, trampling down that 
which is fine and right and putting in its 
place the imperfect, the crude; defeating his 
own purpose through the blindness of his 
own consciousness. The old world has said, 
"life is just the diflFerence between tweedle- 
dedum, and tweedledee, but the tweedledees 
have it" and this means that those who con- 
sciously or otherwise contact and express at 
all times the true law of a condition, time, 
place or person, have gained a power un- 
known and unpossessed by the blundering 
multitude who never see into the real center 
of things. 


Psychological sins are the little foxes in 
the vines of success who eat out for many the 
very roots of life. God himself could not 
pass a person into the possessions of a high 
law of success when every day, even with 
his big success laws perfect they violate the 
great psychological subjective laws of truth. 

To be able to always say, do and be the^ 
right thing at the right time, demands a- 
high degree of consciousness, but in the 
measure that we pass up the proofs of such* 
a law there hangs our own personal privileges ' 
and opportunities for progress. * 

The names of psychological sins are legion, 
and each sinner has his own particular form 
of sinning, and it often demands microscopic 
spiritual examination to find the spot through 
which the law is operated. 

There are many avocations in which one 
fails again and again and still goes on work- 
ing through into a bigger possibility; the law 
of life forgives our transgressions, and as we 


remit our own sins they are remitted for us, 
but those who watch race progress, know 
that the one who persistently is guilty of psy- 
chological sins, will never be forgiven, neither 
in this world, nor in the world to come, for 
as long as his violation of psychology con- 
tinues, he will be bound by his own law* 

Chief among all psychological breaks, a 
prime factor in the production of failure, is 
the lack of sense that will tell you when to 
hold your tongue. Talk has beggared thou- 
sands. No matter how carefully it is used, 
it is bound to come that some day one will 
talk too much to the wrong man; it is not 
so much the sin of not minding your own 
business, as it is the love of talking. 

There are always many things that the 
other fellow need not know; it is a violation 
of all true being to talk about these things. 
To hold our tongues about our own affairs 
and the affairs of others espedially, — this is 
power. We may tell our secrets to the idle 


listener if we choose, we only hurt ourselves 
thereby, but what we think about some one 
else, and pour out with our own senseless 
talk is double sinning and seldom one cares 
to hear it and we become a bore to be 
avoided. Again, there are those who say, 
"you can believe that I always say what I 
think and if I think anything, I am going to 
say it/* Wrong again I No real psychol- 
ogist ever says just what he thinks unless 
his finer senses tip him off that that is just 
the moment for him to say that very thing. 
There is a time for everything and nothing 
in all God's universe but our own ignorance 
ever gave us the commandment to go around 
"spilling'' our says out uninvited. In fact, 
what one says often cuts no figure with the 
real truth. Our "think" and "say" are good 
for us to act by, but they might be entirely 
incorrect in analysis and the direction of 
others. It takes years of experiences and 
fine discrimination before the things which 


we say will not come back to us void, and 
we only get ourselves disliked and delay our 
own law of larger usefulness by meddling. 

Another sin is to play the traitor in small 
hidden ways to friendship, business or love; 
little suggestive insinuations behind the backs 
of others, a trifling betrayal of weak spots in 
their character or work or business, which 
they, unconsciously, put in our hands, or 
which we arrived at through the intimacy of 
friendship, and a friendship which made it 
appear possible for them to live for a moment, 
perhaps, off their guard. Every human life 
is transmuting something either in the self 
or environment. The guise of friendship 
allows a closer intimacy than is accorded to 
others, and through this we enter into shrines 
and temples of lives which are kept closed 
and sealed to the big useless crowd outside. 
It is a sin of the deepest dye not to have a 
shrine of absolute truth in our own life, and 
then to sneak like a thief in the night into 


the holy sacredness of another's shrine and 
turn from this to the outside world, tear 
down this shrine and demolish this temple 
with insidious hints and half-veiled sugges- 
tions, until we have let loose a floodtide of 
suspicion around it. This is theft on the sub- 
jective side of life, and as nature avenges 
herself on the material thief, just so the Higher 
Avenger of truth takes strict account. Even 
Hell itself has no respect for its] own valiants! 
On the path of life these human amaran- 
tine weeds flourish for a time, "suffering no 
flower, except their own, to rise,** and often 
it seems as if the flower of their ultimate 
failure was slow to ripen, but the mills of the 
gods grinding slowly are daily bringing them 
nearer and nearer their own law. Men may 
never be able to fix the truth upon them, 
they are never found out, but the "hound 
of Heaven" tracks them down. We meet 
them everywhere. They hear the baying of 
the hound in their woods, and weighted 


down by disease, loss and poverty, often de- 
spair; they ask the reason of their failure, 
and then it is that New Thought gives them 
a pen or word picture of themselves. 

Amid all the great psychological sins, there 
are thousands of minor ones; lack of atten- 
tion — lack of earnestness ; lack of reverence 
for truly holy things; taking one's self too 
seriously; failing to give a legitimate interest 
to other people's problems; untidiness; vul- 
garity; unnecessary mannerisms which we 
would be better without; quick offense to a 
well-deserved correction or suggestion; white 
lies; procrastination; continuous evasions; 
pretentions — all of these eventually crystallize 
into some big failure law of character and 

Psychological sins are the streams which 
are converging to make the river of a con- 
sciousness in which float liars, thieves and 
criminals — these are only the finished prod- 
uct of the negative psychological law. 



Success is the product of psychological 
righteousness or Tightness, Honor, integrity, 
truth, faithfulness, steadfastness — all these 
link us with a cosmic current of power which 
will manifest for us anything we declare. 

The one who would lose his right hand 
rather than betray a friend will never lack 
friends, and they will be for him the ladder 
of success up which he will climb to his own 
perfect accomplishment. 

The one who can be taught and who will 
find in everyone and take from everyone a 
lesson, will soon learn that he has included 
enough wisdom to be a teacher himself and that 
the whole world is wearing out his doorsill. 

The one who will stand on silent guard 
until death, if need be, before the shrines 
and temples of those who have allowed him 
to enter, will find his own shrines glow with 
a new radiance, for "no greater love hath 
any man than this, that he lay down his 
life for his friend.*' 


When we have tracked down and killed 
all the little psychological foxes in our vines 
of success, we will soon find them bursting 
forth with strength and fruitfulness, and 
success will be our eternal possession because 
we harvest it from our own fields. 

Eleventh Success Method 

Nothing but truth will hold truth, and 
failure comes as the inevitable reaction of 
being continually just off the center of abso- 
lute truth. 

The individual who links himself continu- 
ously with things that are just a little off 
color will find his law returning to him some 
day in the form of a liar, a thief, or some 
other equally destructive expression. These 
lies may be so close to truth that the ordi- 
nary individual never detects them, but they 
are lies just the same and their father is lies, 
and their mother is destruction. 

In the business world we meet these failure 
methods everywhere; salesmen will sell you 
goods they know are being misrepresented, 
but they aim only to make sales regardless 


of everything and it is called good business. 
It is good business but not truth, and after 
a while you meet them and they are strug- 
gling with big business reverses and they 
wonder how the cyclone of reversals hit them. 
They forget, or never stopped to think of, 
the failure law they daily intensified. 

A saleswoman who was truth first and 
business second, went to clerk for a business 
firm. The first thing the proprietor taught 
her was how to operate the law of business 
lies. He said: "There is a drawer full of 
pins, they are all cheap pins, and cost one 
cent a paper. When a customer comes in, 
ask her if she wants a five or ten cent paper 
of pins, and no niatter which she says take 
them from this drawer." Again he said: 
"A great many drinking men come in here. 
You are a charming woman. Whenever a 
man is a little tipsy, jolly him along and get 
all of his money; a drunken man always 
spends and a clever woman like you ought 


never to let a man get out with a cent in 
his pocket." This woman was a good sales- 
woman and worked faithfully for a week 
under her employer's law of business, not 
truth. She saw hourly, how, himself, his 
working force, and herself, were slowly sell- 
ing their own true success law to the de- 
structive power of eventual failure, and 
although she needed money to support herself 
and her child, she went to this man and said, 
"I refuse to sell my own soul for a mess of 
pottage; when I sell ten cent pins they shall 
represent that value, and when I sell to 
men they shall have their senses undrugged 
by dope or liquor." As this employer gave 
her her wages, he said, '^I am glad to get 
rid of you, with such talk you would kill 
my business." Two years from that day 
the firm was* in bankruptcy, and the sales- 
woman secure in a permanent position with 
a reliable house. 

Business, but not truth, brings its own 


adjustment; the law of justice is after all — 
"an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth." 
There are dentists who fail because over a 
long period of time they wilfully misrepre- 
sent prices and work. It may be easy to 
over-charge a green Swedish servant girl or 
an uninitiated German farmer, and it is easy 
to ask double the price because a doctor's 
patient calls in a limousine and has money; 
they cannot find out the real value; you are 
in a seat of power and business is business, 
but unseen fate watches and the universe 
takes strict account, and it is the universe 
which collects the balance of lies and false 

, Many M.D.'s have found, after years 
of practice, that they were stranded high 
and dry without patients, reduced from a 
twenty-thousand dollar practice to nothing I 
"Why," they ask, "once I did a good busi- 
ness!" Nine times out of ten the answer 
is written — "Business, but not Truth 1" 


It was easy to keep a patient under the idea 
that he was ill for months after he was well, 
because it produced a good fee and the per* 
son could afford it* It is easy to ask a 
thousand dollars for a simple operation be- 
cause a man is rich and must have the opera- 
tion, and it is so easy when one is in the seat 
of power to misuse that power. And so 
this misuse goes on until it falls back into 
form, and the one who fulfills the laws must 
be carried along in its currents. 

All these lies or these actions just off the 
line of truth, will gather as a boomerang 
and as time goes on they must come back 
to where they started. 

The whole industrial, professional, politi- 
cal, and social world is filled with these vio- 
lations of truth, and in business partnership, 
homes, marriage, and love, everywhere, they 
are rampant and yet the poor struggling 
children of men ask why are there so many 


Perhaps in no association are there quite 
so many false positions intensified as in what 
the world calls love. The world will say it 
truly loves and then lie with the next breath. 
A man writes: "I am so glad, dear, you 
are having a good time while you are 
away'' which is pure sarcasm as he is sick 
with jealous pain because "dear" is away 

A woman says: "I love him with all my 
heart, but I pretend I don't; it wouldn't 
do to let him know it, he would be so domi- 
neering." Yet they call this love, when, in 
truth, love only loves, it never domineers, 
and true love is always glad, it is never 
jealous or unhappy; there cannot be any 
permanent success for such association, and 
it is this which has led the world to say — 
marriage and love are a failure; such mar- 
riages and such loves are failures because 
they are one with failure methods. But 
true marriages and true love are life's holiest 


success, because they are built upon the 
law of true understanding and not preten- 

The highest and greatest permanent suc- 
cesses are built around the lives of those 
who stand steadfast for truth, the whole 
truth and nothing but the truth. 

Whoever wants business success, love or 
ambition to blossom into fruition, must 
have the absolute principle of truth in his 
heart. It is said that civilization today 
does not permit truth to be either spoken or 
lived — this is the master lie, hatched in the 
consciousness of the prince of liars, and sent 
forth by those who are living the life of busi- 
ness but not truth. It fits their development 
to say this and if possible hold the mass 
mind to their own levels. 

There are in all this seething mass of mis- 
directed energy seeds of mighty truth, and 
a new civilization is rising which speaks 
the truth and whose business, love, home 


and social relationships are assuming new 
and beautiful expressions. 

We know today that the straight road of 
truth, through the jungle of the old civili- 
zation, is a hard climb, and truth is beset 
on every hand with opportunity to change 
horses with liars, but the quickest way to 
our perfect success, no matter what it is 
that we desire, is to live each hour in unfal* 
tering steadfastness to the truths of life. 

It is true that truth takes the long road 
and that sometimes the hour seems long de- 
layed, but it is also true that when our ideals 
are accomplished by this law, they are veri- 
ties and the true commercial world is waiting 
to pay us a big price for our verity. The 
world of friendship is waiting to worship at 
our feet, for truth has reached the heart of 
truth. And love has eternally its Olivet, 
and faith knows that it can work out its 
own through this rock of support beneath it. 

Failure must forever be the inheritance 


of the liar: "If thou eatest thereof thou 
shalt surely die" was written for him; but 
success in the highest comes some day to 
the life which is true to God, true to itself, 
true to its work, true to its own ideal. The 
world really loves truth; it loves the one 
who can fearlessly tell the truth, and it is 
waiting for that master-consciousness who 
can tell the truth about all things in a way 
which will not offend. 

Twelfth Success Method 

There is a great place for higher instruc- 
tion in the subject of personality and indi- 
viduality, and one of the greatest blunders 
of age comes in directing the race mind into 
a line of thinking which separates these two 
distinct expressions of the self; they are both 
important, and only as we understand them 
can we harmonize them for power, and when 
we do harmonize them, the world witnesses 
a gigantic success law which makes all other 
laws look puny and insignificant, then it 
seems as if all laws were finished in this per- 
fect magnet called man. 

Man is the visible and audible expression 
of spirit, the energy which comes from this 
expression is the unseen energy of life. It 
is spirit itself. 


The energy of every life is the unseen side 
of that life, just as the unseen energy of a 
rose is shown forth in the perfume, and the 
energy of light is thrown out as heat. This 
energy of life is subject to control just as 
heat is controlled. 

The external body of man, that which we 
see and touch, is simply thought energy 
materialized; we have been taught to call 
this "personality." Personality is really 
only that energy which we have thought 
into expression and it bears witness to our 
own estimate of ourselves. Our body or 
personality becomes the expression of just 
what we have created in the infinite energy ^ 
and localized on the objective plane for our^ 

When we study personality we must first 
start back at the beginning of our self, and 
in order to do this we must begin as far back 
as our race personality; every race has a 
personality as well as an individuality; one \ 


is a Jew, Gentile or otherwise in personal 
appearance — how easy it is for even the 
common intelligence to detect the race per- 
sonality. The individuality is just as easily 
recognized; some races are war-like, some 
peaceful, some mystical and some material. 
We say when we know anyone, "He is just 
like his kind," or "isn't that just like a Jew," 
and lately I heard someone say, "He looks 
like a Hindu and has all the characteristics 
of one," which proves positively that these 
two things — personality and individuality — 
stand out distinct in every life. 

Personality is an unstable thing, and can 
change from year to year; lives brought 
under the stimulation of diflferent thoughts 
often lose their race personality, and take 
on the expression of their new surroundings. 
One day, in a clinic held for the treatment 
of the sick Jewish people, a young man pre- 
sented himself for examination. He had no 
sign in his personality of his birth relation- 


ship; he was asked for his history and it 
was then found that he was the son of Jewish 
people. He had been born in America and 
had lived with American people, had grown 
up under a new type of thoughts which had 
utterly destroyed the old image. The chief 
of the clinic, himself a Jew, looked at the 
young man and said seriously: "What will 
become of our race if we continue to allow 
our children to lose the Semitic type?" 
This was proof positive again that our per- 
sonality is only the expression of what we 
build for ourselves through thought relation- 

The individuality does not change so 
rapidly; one has often been found who has 
lost his Semitic type, but is at heart a Jew 
and will continue a Jew to the end. The 
personality is the obje<:tive man, the individ-. 
uality is the subjective man, and the work 
of life is to transmute the two into one, and 
make the outer man respond to the inner man. 


One sees the personality, he only Jeels the 
individuality; it is the subtle something 
which radiates from us. One may possess a 
very displeasing personality and yet radiate a 
very pleasing individuality. There are per- 
sonalities which are really repellent, but often 
after we know them we find a wonderful in- 
dividuaKty hidden within them, and are 
charmed with it and so learn to forget the 
displeasing exterior. 

Individuality is the positive pole of being 
and thinking, and our personality is the nega- 
tive pole. The one who has a displeasing 
personality and a pleasing individuality, 
tells every passer-by that he has lent him- 
self to negative inharmonious lines of think- 
ing, if not here then in some other state of 
consciousness, and that he has lived in the 
external mind and has been caught in the 
diverse currents, and the laws of common 
consciousness, and that in this life he has 
not yet learned to join the two forces within 


his own being. Often we have heard this 
expression, ^' He is a grand individual and 
his personality is in keeping with his char- 
acter." This means that the same quality 
runs through and through, that the warp is 
the same as the pattern. 

Our personality will naturally put on a 
diflFerent expression from the individuality 
when, by force of habit, either racial or ac- 
quired, we miake our consciousness dependent 
on external things, instead of controUing and 
directing all external conditions by the law 
of life from within. 

Individuality is an expression of conscious 
growth and our personality may be made the 
perfect objective expression of this growth. 

The purely personal life is not a whole 
life at all, it is only a part, just as the body 
is only a part of the divine man. Indi- 
viduality is often latent in every life and 
after the development of the personality is 
over, the individuality begins to speak forth; 


It is nothing but the finer thought life that 
has been growing throughout all time. 

Every moment of our life individuality is 
adding to itself and personality is adding to 
itself and when the two become one, the same 
material is used for both and there is no 
longer need for transmutation. But as long 
as there is separation between them, one 
may know that there is some work yet to do 
in life. The whole scheme of existence makes 
for absorption of the lesser into the greater, 
the subliming of all matter into the mani- 
festation of spirit. 

The law of each life demands that the 
personality and individuality become joined 
so that the individuality may express ex- 
ternally as well as internally, that is, to be- 
come the visible as well as the invisible 
power. The personal must become refined 
and etherialized through the stimulation of 
the higher impulses. . 

The personality is the workshop and our 


thoughts are the tools with which the tireless 
sculptor cuts away all gross material until 
the very image of the divine man within 
stands revealed in the personality of flesh 
and blood and sinew. 

We all know just how many beautiful 
thoughts we have (which often fail to ma- 
terialize) because we do not believe them to 
be true. These thoughts are all creative 
ones and are generated in the individuality, 
which is often telling us what splendid 
radiant creatures we are, or may become, 
and how often we submit these imaginings 
to our personal mind and are told that they 
are too phantastical to clothe with form; 
we accept the verdict of our common con- 
sciousness and build our personality with the 
idea of something less than perfection, when 
the very soul within us is screaming out the 
message that we may become divine if we so 
desire. Our common consciousness is com- 
rade to our personality and through it we 


become children of the earth, sons of men; 
our individuality is comrade with our illu- 
mined supra-consciousness, and through it 
we know we are the children of the Most 
High, that we are sons of God and it does 
not yet appear what we may be. 

The better we understand our life in the 
individuality side, the more perfect the per- 
sonal expression becomes and the farther we 
advance away from the limitations; it is 
then we turn perception into the freedom of 

Every positive creative thought is added 
to the individuality and each day develop- 
ing a higher function of the body. Every 
thought we carry is creative and must by 
natural law express somewhere; it must be 
localized in the physical body or it must 
be represented as energy which we radiate 
through the body. The more crude the 
thought generated, the more dense must the 
body and the radiations become. 


The personality and individuality never 
were and never can be anything else than the 
negative and positive reaction of the same 
power and this power. Infinite consciousness, 
expressed here in human form. 

Individuality will forever remain the twin 
of personality until mankind merges them to- 
gether; they were born together and they 
wUI remain together until the higher absorbs 
and controls the lesser. 

The visible world and the visible body are 
both under the same law. The external 
grows from a fuller rushing out of the inner 
life; the personalities grow and refine through 
the new truths learned; the closer it allows 
itself to follow the invisible but insistent in- 
dividuality, the more beautiful and har- 
monious it becomes. 

In the struggle for existence and the ac- 
complishment of our success law, both per- 
sonality and individuality have their power, 
and those who forget, find it out later on to 


their sorrow. Our personality is our intro- 
duction to the world, it is the real press 
agent to the multitude, it speaks a silent 
message and depends wholly upon us to make 
it tell a wonderfully attractive message. No 
matter how beautiful . one may be in mind 
and character he is just that much more 
attractive if he has all this joined and ex- 
pressed in his personality. No matter how 
unattractive anyone may be there is always 
one personal charm which can be made the 
center around which individuality can attract 
and manifest. The one who neglects to find 
his strong personal point of power and inten- 
sify it, does so at his own risk. Sometimes 
this point of beauty or attraction is only nice 
hair, it might be luminous eyes, perhaps a 
gentle smile or a tranquil expression, possibly 
good teeth, aristocratic feet, a supple figure, a 
splendid walk, broad shoulders, a cheery 
laugh — each one of these makes a fulcrum 
of power for the one who will use them and 


not go moping around because she or he does 
not have them all. 

Business, more than anything else, calls for 
power personalities; personalities which have 
strong marked characteristics on which faith 
can be established. This will lead the seek- 
ing world on into at-one-ment with the in- 
dividuality. I have often heard business men 
say, "Oh, I can't send him, he hasn't per- 
sonality enough, and can*t use what he has." 
All public opportunities and privileges call 
for personalities to fit them. All great move- 
ments on any plane demand personalities to 
stamp them into the minds of the race. The 
heads of the Roman Church who went to 
hear and see Martin Luther when he was 
pioneering his new religious idea to the 
world, said: "Pshaw I That man hasn't a 
thing on earth but a personality!" But that 
personality burnt the message eternal into 
race consciousness. 

The very acme of success depends on our 


having one hundred per cent of our person- 
ality expressed all the time, and one of the 
sure failure paths of life is to allow our per- 
sonality to become so de-magnetized that it 
has in it no hint of the true self. The world 
may say, "She is just as handsome as she 
can be, but, poor thing, she cannot be very 
handsome," and this may be true, but if we 
make ourselves just as handsome, strong, 
sweet, kind, neat, and wholesome as we can, 
then we have fulfilled the true law of our 
own being and can laugh the whole world in 
the face. As we become more and more 
perfect in the transmutation and reformation 
of our personality, this fineness sinks in and 
stays in our consciousness and joins our in- 
dividuality, and our individuality each day 
grows more wonderful, and this perfecting in- 
dividuality plays all its strong impulses put 
through our face and form, and we again 
return them still finer through action and 
understanding, until our psychic circle of 


power is complete,. then we become a magnet 
of attraction and in every walk of life there 
radiates from us a great love, power, success 
and energy, and our very presence becomes a 
benediction. We are not then seeking suc- 
cess, we are success and the whole world pays 
tribute to our individualized personality. 

Thirteenth Success Method 

There is nothing in all the world but life! 
Even Death itself is only life acting inversely. 

One of the greatest success methods is to 
be full of a radiant energy. We are judged 
every moment by the law of whether we are 
"the quick or the dead." There are multi- 
tudes of dead ones everywhere, and these 
make the vast army in failure. You may 
go among the poverty-stricken, the unem- 
ployed or the loafing world, and you will find 
that the quickness of spirit is lacking in them ; 
they are dead to opportunities; dead to en- 
thusiasm; dead to faith; dead in vital 
understanding and dead to everything that 
will hold them fast to the great pulsing life 
current, everywhere waiting their own con- 
scious contact. 


These failure people are depressed below 
the level of the universal life, like the Dead 
Sea, or the parched sands of the desert, 
while within their own being are lying dor- 
mant the possibilities of life more abundant 
and the success that comes from this life. 

There are those everywhere who take noth- 
ing out of life and who put nothing into it; 
if it were not that the Heavenly Father 
feedeth them they would perish off the 
earth. There are many people who live in 
all the beauty of this earth, contacting 
hourly the wonders of earth, sky, sun, water, 
and verdure, and yet are blind and deaf to all 
that nature's voice is speaking. ''The great 
wide, beautiful world, with the wonderful 
waters around it curled, and the wonderful 
grasses on its breast,'' are nothing at all to 
the lives and eyes of the dead ones — they 
have no value as friends, companions or 
lovers, for all these associations call for the 
thrill of the quickening power of sight and 


sense, to make them worth while; they have 
no real value anywhere and are a drag on 
every situation because they have within 
them no power of response to any sort of 
external stimulation. They lack the power 
to press their own spring of answering en- 
thusiasm and quickness. 

In the commercial world deadness makes 
them ciphers in the big active sum of valua- 
tions. One day in the New York subway I 
saw a boot shining stand. It was splendidly 
appointed with cabinets and chairs; there 
was a bootblack at each chair. As I passed 
I saw one of these bootblacks, with bright 
eyes, standing alert beside his particular 
booth and with a cheery ringing voice he 
called to every passer-by, "Shine, shine, 
shine 'em up, have a shine, Sir?" Every- 
body's attention was arrested, busy men 
looked down at their shoes, and one imme- 
diately sat down while three others waited 
their turn. The other bootblack was asleep 


at the corner of his booth, indolent, lazy, 
uninterested in life, in the crowd, or even in 
his own business ; his drooping figure, his 
carelessness — the drowsy snore, all told their 
own story, yet the world would have blamed 
his brutal master could they have seen him 
kick the bootblack into wakefulness. To 
sleep at such a time and in such a place was 
negative energy enough to link him with the 
law of kicks both human and divine. I 
looked at the picture — one all life and 
power, the perfect picture of true success 
and then at the other — the perfect picture 
of failure and my heart said, "The quick or 
the dead," and I knew again what we put 
into life we take out of it. 

One true eternal success law is enthusiasm, 
no one can ever expect to fan anything into a 
raging flame of completion unless he does so 
from the red hot coals of his own ambition, 
enthusiasm and aspiration. 

Power, possession, attraction, name, fame. 


honor, and success are all the product of a 
whu*Iwind consciousness. 

It is our own life stream which rushes us 
on past valleys, hills and mountains to deliver 
our possessions to ourselves, and the one who 
does not generate within himself the divine 
energy of enthusiasm is one with the death 
of his own desires. 

It takes a stout heart to always keep en- 
thused in the face of prolonged disappoint- 
ment and continued opposition, but it must 
be done if we aim to conquer. There are 
hours in all business endeavors, in all friend- 
ships, all associations, all loves when we must 
pass along aided alone by our souls* white 
light and as Kipling says, "When there's 
nothing in us to hold on but the power (en- 
thusiasm) which says *hoId on/" To meet 
hard places on the path is a part of the 
great plan, and "we belong to those who go 
down to the sea in ships and who do business 
in great waters.*' And only the one who 


can bid his own life glow with an enthu* 
siastic radiance will keep light enough to steer 
past the rocks in his channel. 

Not everyone is equally alive in all ways, 
under all circumstances, and it is well that 
we are not or there would be no longer an 
opportunity to evolve on this planet, but it 
is possible for everyone to have a flaming 
sword of enthusiasm within him, equal to his 
own development, and no matter how little 
it may be, it is still there, and like attracts 
like, for even a grain of mustard seed will 
move mountains. 

The man who lets his enthusiasm awake 
him in the morning instead of an alarm clock 
will never fail in business; the money magnet 
who lets his enthusiasm carry him into an 
interest of his very lowest employee, to see 
that labor is comfortable, will never hunt for 
laborers, nor meet strikes nor revolutions. 
The friend who meets his friend with interest, 
joy and aliveness, will count his friends by 


the score. And the lover who gives being 
for being in perfect part, smile for a smile, 
truth for truth, heart for a faithful heart, 
will never die alone. 

With the fire of a great enthusiasm within 
us we keep our own lamps trimmed and 
burning, and we become then a torch bearer 
and a lamp to the feet of the slumbering 
multitude. We are success then because we 
have set the law of our own life and believ- 
ing in the law we come into the protection 
of the law. 

Fourteenth Success Method 

Centuries ago it was written, "Whatso- 
ever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy 
might/^ And that subtle law of doing every- 
thing we do with our might is the very heart 
of the law of success. Upon concentration 
more than upon any other thing hangs our 
hope for ultimate self-perfection. 

Concentration is the first step toward con- 
scious direction and control, and without it 
we cannot hope to go far into the fulfillment 
of our own desires. The one who hopes to 
find something to do, who has an urging 
aspiration and then fails to do this thing 
with his might, is not fit to possess the thing 
for which he is longing. 

It is possible to go through life idle and 
drifting, thinking the world owes us a living 


and we do get some things because the 
Universal life always floats an abundance of 
supply on its bosom, and any one who wants 
to do so can eat the crumbs which fall from 
the idlers' table, but if we hope to come out 
into any definite form, use or value, we can 
only do it by bending nobly to life's oars. 

In life's channel there are rocks everywhere 
and it is our own hand that must clear the 
channel and our own genius that must steer 
us past them. Some of the most wonderful 
successes have been born from the genius of 
concentration and they never surrendered one 
iota of their might until they accomplished 
their ends. The story is told of the late 
John W. Gates and his perfect manifestation 
of this success principle. He went to San 
Antonio, Texas and saw the great possibili- 
ties in Texas; he came to the state some 
years ago as the agent of a barbed wire 
company, and emphasized his belief to an 
old citizen now a resident of San Antonio. 


This old citizen was complaining that he 
could only make a living here. 

"Make a living!" said Gates. "Any man 
can get rich here in ten years." 

"Well," said the old citizen, "Fve been here 
more than ten years and I have not got rich." 

"Perhaps not," remarked Gates, "wealth 
does not hunt one up and spring from some 
unseen angle. One has to keep constantly 
on the trail, and since there are so many 
trails leading in the right direction in Texas, 
if you will keep an eye on me Til show you 
how the trick is turned." 

Some years later when Gates became 
heavily interested in the lumber business in the 
eastern part of the state, some one said to him : 

"You cannot make the lumber business go 
here, since there is no means of shipping it." 

"Never mind," remarked Gates, "I'll make 
a place to ship it from and then lil show 
you that there is enough lumber in Texas 
to weatherboard the universe." 


Sometime after this he met the old man to 
whom he had talked about getting rich when 
he first came to Texas. 

"I hear you are making it go," said the 
old man, "and that you are really getting 
rich, as you said you would.'* 

"Making it go," remarked the man who 
saw possibilities. "Damn it! things are 
making me go. Things come so easily here 
that I am constantly on the dodge to keep 
from owning the whole state of Texas. It*s 
the easiest game I ever played. No odds 
what kind of a hfeind one has, if he bets stiff 
enough he'll win." 

There are thousands of failures simply be- 
cause they did not have the genius to see an 
opportunity, but there are more failures be- 
cause when opportunity was everywhere they 
lacked the thought force necessary to push it 
into form. This is not just the same as the 
law of "mind your own business." 

There are many subtle breaks in this chain 


of doing and every break means failure. 
Living in one world and working there with 
our hands, while all our thoughts and wits 
are wandering in another, divides our forces. 
No one can serve two masters. Success de- 
mands that our mind shall be in all things 
we do, and all things in our mind, until we 
have established a long line of things which 
we can do automatically. When concentra- 
tion is complete one can do a half dozen 
things at one time and direct as many more. 
The concentrated mind does not think in 
concepts, it thinks in ultimates, it does not 
think in pennies and dollars, it thinks in 
millions, it does not think in cities and states, 
it thinks in continents; nor does it think in 
minutes, hours, or days but in eternities. 

Here are some of the well-known failure 
cases we meet, and who demand help and 
attention. One day I went to a restaurant 
and after seating myself said to the waitress, 
** Bring me a pot of tea." Instead of bring- 


ing me a pot of tea, as I had ordered, she 
brought a cup of tea. She had not heard 
what I said. When she brought the cup of 
tea it was overflowing with tea which spilled 
over the saucer and the table. The waitress 
set the cup down and went away. I did not 
know where she had gone. She was not in 
sight nor finishing my order — that was sure. 
It is written "Thou shalt have no other gods 
before me'' and this waitress was not doing 
with her might what her hands found to do. 
She was thoroughly reckless, careless and re« 
gardless of the thing that she was in the 
restaurant to do. 

I have watched the people in the work 
world. I went into a jeweby store and the 
girl at the counter was humming some rag- 
time song. Her mind was on the ragtime 
and she kept on singing and I hardly dared 
to interrupt her. When I asked for a bracelet 
she said, /'Let me see.'' She proceeded to 
drag out some jewehry in a careless way 


from the shelves and continued to hum her 
interrupted song. Not seeing any article that 
appealed to my fancy, I asked, "Have you 
anything else?" I was simply forced to 
compel her to pay me some attention as a 
dentist forces a tooth. This girl did not 
know her stock, and did not care half as 
much about it as she did about the song. 
She was not there in the interest of jewelry, 
she was not doing what her hand found to 
do with all her might. She was not concen* 
trated in her work. She was living in one 
world, while functioning in another. 

Another incident of like character. I went 
to a coat store and asked the saleswoman to 
show me a coat. She stood like a statue and 
asked, "What kind of a coat do you want?*' 
I replied, "I do not know, I want you to 
show me some coats." To this she replied, 
"Well, if you will tell me what sort you 
want, —what color?" In desperation I said, 
"I don't care. I want to see if you have 


anything I want." She then walked around 
unconcerned and abstractedly and did not 
seem to know a thing about coats, yet she 
was selling coats, she should have known all 
about coats. I had had no choice, but just 
wanted to find something suitable for me in 
that store. 

What would a concentrated saleswoman 
have done? A life that was in power, a 
saleswoman who was doing with her might 
what her hands found to do? She would 
have said, "Here are some coats.** And then 
she would have piled up coats of all descrip* 
tions before me and she would have made 
suggestions in regard to them and mentioned 
their attractive prices and would have 
tempted me to try on half a dozen of 

The girl in the coat store was only one of 
ten thousand of her kind who are walking 
the streets out of a job, and wondering why 
some one else has work and she has not. 


Finally I saw a coat on a rack and put it 
on myself and asked the saleswoman if the 
attached tag was the correct one, and being 
assured that it was I concluded to take this 
coat. Then I said to her, "I want to tell 
you something that you won't forget. You 
did not sell me this coat, I got it in spite of 
you. The. man who employs you would have 
lost this sale as far as you are concerned, and 
if he had lost this sale to me he will lose 
twenty*five or thirty sales during the day 
because of you. And when on Saturday 
night he comes to you and says 'I have no 
use for you' you will shed bitter tears and 
ask what the matter is. You have not 
learned the first principles of keeping a posi- 
tion and nobody will then employ you. I 
am not a prophet, but I venture to say that 
you have I>een out of work half the time for 
the last five years, and you can't keep a 
place more than a few weeks." Afterward I 
found that I was right and that she was 


afraid that she would lose her place that very 
Saturday night. 

The whole world of commerce and indus- 
try is looking for mascots, for people who can 
come in and help them to intensify their 
business, who will be a help to them, they 
are not looking for people like this sales girl, 
to stand around and let the customers buy 
their own goods, and sell it to themselves and 
almost make out their own checks. They are 
paying their help to be the link between their 
goods and the public that is seeking them, 
and until this is learned, people of this sales- 
woman type will wander and continue to 
wander over the face of the earth because 
they do not have that necessary concentra- 
tion to hold them steadfast to their work. 
The fault is not in their employers, but in 
themselves. The saleswoman I have cited 
was one whom nobody liked. Why? Be- 
cause she did not put anything into life, and 
consequently could take nothing out of it. 


I am taking this girl as a principle, because 
she is one of many of her kind who clog the 
world with failure and always asking them* 
selves, "What is the matter with me?'* 
Their methods are faulty. 

Our first fundamental is that success is 
built upon one thing — success methods, 
and failure is built upon one thing — failure 
methods, and this saleswoman hoping for 
success was using failure methods and there 
is no relationship between them. One is 
the product of unconcentrated, unrelated, 
indifferent life, and the other is the product 
of a conscious, powerful, related and concen- 
trated life. 

"Do with your might what your hands 
find to do" and concentrate on that work 
until you are absolute master, no matter 
how much you dislike your work. If you 
had outgrown the thing you are doing, you 
would not have to do it, just as one lays 
down an old coat that is outgrown. The 


moment we are big enough to get rid of a 
thing, we are forced to leave that thing. 
We could not stay, for the larger law of our 
life displaces it, we cannot stay with it be- 
cause the cosmic law will push it oflF, 

Man's fitness is measured by his under- 
standing and by his perfection in the place 
on his path; and so today if we are work- 
ing in a place which we do not enjoy it is 
the measure of the state of consciousness 
we have intensified so highly that it cannot 
keep out of form. 

A man once said to me, "What is the rea- 
son I always get such 'five cent* jobs? 
Why» I am a bigger man than that. I have 
a great deal of ability and I simply hate 
these *five cent* jobs. I never get anything 
that is up to me; I can*t do these little 
things with any degree of power or efiiciency, 
because all the time it just grinds me to 
think I have these little positions. I want 
something that is as big as I am.*' 


I said to him only the eternal truth when 
I replied: "You have a *five cent' job be- 
cause you have in you a 'five cent' man 
whom you have intensified so that he can- 
not keep out of form: No man ever had a 
'five cent' job who had not the 'five cent' 
consciousness and that is the measure of 
your concentration." This man had concen- 
trated only in the degree of power which rep- 
resented the "five cent" man, and he will 
keep the five cent jobs until his mind and 
power are enough to get more than that. 
He will then be the biggest man in the 
"five cent" position and the "five cent" 
job will have to slip oflF. It is better to be 
a success in a five cent job than a failure in 
trying to do the work of a millionaire. 

Again, women say to me: I want to 
attract a great big, God-man into my life. 
Now what is the reason I never meet the 
kind of a man I want to meet? What 
is the reason that all the men I meet 


are sort of 'five cent' men? They are not 
worth while. *' Don't you see that is the same 
story from the woman's side as the man 
with his work? These people picture an 
absolutely matchless sort of being and then 
wonder at their lack of success in obtaining 
him or her. 

The reason of all this stands out clearly. 
It is because the God-man, strangely enough, 
by the law of God, must have a God-woman 
to mate with him. It is plain that there 
must be some state of consciousness in us 
that is intensified so that it cannot keep 
out of form, or we would not have attracted 
around us the "five cent" job, or the little 
man. Only as we pour out the whole 
strength of our selfhood and character can 
we displace these small things, and when 
the great bigness of our life is expressed, we 
then attract the position, person or object 
that fits that life. 

When we know that no one gives to us 


but ourselves, and no one takes away from 
us but ourselves, and that we lose or gain 
through our own individual law of attrac- 
tion, and that this attraction is based wholly 
on our power of concentration and ability 
to pass up the proofs of our fitness, then we 
have a new idea of success and failure. We 
begin to put the blame where it belongs — 
upon ourselves — and to really know that 
the perfect or imperfect expression of life is 
in our own hands. 

There is only one world, and all things 
are in it I They do not wait around to fall 
into our laps without any visible lines of 
transference. The tools of conquest are in 
our hands I Our concentrated mind, our 
thought force carefully directed and intensi* 
fied, at our own pleasure, make us the master 
of our fate and no matter what our place in 
life may be, we can show our greatness. 

"All the world falls into line with the man 
who declares himself a master." And only 


one who knows how to be the divine thinker 
of his own thoughts can ever take a master's 
place and speak with authority. 

Concentration first, then an unfaltering 
determination to do! Then, with eyes wide- 
open to life's gigantic opportunities, the 
Gates of Success swing wide, never to 
close again. 

Fifteenth Success Method 

It is a part of the higher development of 
everyone to learn, not only to do his own 
work as thoroughly as is possible, but to 
create the conditions and atmosphere by 
which all others with whom we contact, can do 
their work equally ^s welL 

It is the work of us all, not only to unfold 
our own character and life, but at the same 
time to carry around with us that silent crea- 
tive atmosphere which helps others to bring 
out and develop all that is best and desirable 
within themselves. 

Go where we will, we find many people 
who must depend on other lives for the 
stimulus of their finer and higher growth; 
they have to be drawn out; they are in their 
shell; their sweetness and charm never find 


expression unless they are evoked by sincere 
encouragement and warm affection. The 
world is full of half starved lives; they go on 
day after day finding no legitimate expression 
for that mysterious something within them 
which cries out to be fed and expressed. 

There are many others who are hungry for 
the affection which they often have, but 
never receive or possess, because those who 
hold it for them never give it voice. 

Again, there are many who have possi- 
bilities within them of a very high order, but 
those possibilities remain undeveloped be- 
cause nothing in their lives, and no one 
ardund them, brings out these latent powers. 
There are some who can only express in the 
warm atmosphere of appreciation: "The 
hearts of men contract from cold suspicion; 
shine on them with warm love, and they 
expand. It is LovCf not justice, that from 
a low condition, leads mankind up to heights 
supremely grand.*' 


Many individuals throw out an atmosphere 
of chill instead of appreciation; they are to- 
tally unaware of the influence they throw 
out. There are many, many lives that go 
around, antagonizing everyone they meet; 
driving friends and friendships from them; 
defeating their hearts' dearest purpose, and 
never understanding why, when it is plain to 
those who look on, that all their difliculties 
come from a lack of thought about the deli- 
cate and intricate adjustments of human life. 

There are thousands of homes which are 
without sunshine and good cheer, not because 
they are really without love, but because 
they have missed the one line of transference 
of these things and that is, appreciation and 
the expression of the appreciation. 

There are thousands of ofiices, stores, 
work-^shops, factories, schools, and places 
where humankind beat out their lives, that 
are wholly without inspiration, not because 
they are lacking in earnestness, but simply 


because they have never formed the habit 
of recognition and have none of the co-opera- 
tive appreciation which gives out to others 
and at the same time brings out the best for 

Companion with this lack of appreciation 
is the spirit of sullenness, crankiness, and 
complaint; a continual looking at the dark 
side of things, and a sourness which makes 
not only one*s own atmosphere acid, but 
reaches out into the lives of all those around 

It is time for us to learn that we should 
have sunshine of our own and also that we 
have no right to steal the sunshine away from 
other lives. The world is often a beautiful 
place to other people until some one, with no 
appreciation or recognition, steals it from 
them. We have no more right to enter a life 
and rob it of its joy, than we have to enter a 
house and rob it of its valuables. 

It is small enough for us to look at the 


gloomy side of life and never feel the force of 
appreciation, but it is still worse to make our 
atmosphere so dense with it, that we crowd 
our discontent and heaviness into the lives of 
others around us. 

Of course we may be a crank if we want 
to be; that is our own affair; but we have no 
right to crowd our smallness into the lives of 
others, and neither have they any right to 
allow us to do it. We should all be taught 
to recognize such disagreeable natures and at- 
mospheres at a glance, take them as a signal 
of undevelopment, and protect our own lives 
from them. Some time in our life we all 
meet one of these walking frosts and we never 
forget the chill they always give us, until we 
learn our true position toward them. 

Whenever we feel all of the meanness of 
our undeveloped nature welling up within us, 
it is a gooc). plan to just keep it to ourselves, 
and cultivate the appearance and atmos- 
phere of recognition. After a while we will 


displace the chill by the sunshine we have 
willed into expression. If we conquer it a 
little, day by day, we will soon cease to have 
it. A smiling face, a happy life, a soul full 
of appreciation which shines and radiates 
from us; this is the proof which the soul 
offers to the world that it has learned how 
to create its own kingdom. 

We should train our eyes to see the good, 
the true, and the beautiful in everything, and 
then recognize it by every avenue of expres- 
sion. It is not always enough to a life that 
we think it is good or great; we should tell 
the life what we think. "A little word in 
kindness spoken, a motion or a tear; has 
helped to heal a life that's broken, and made 
a friend sincere." 

When a life needs encouragement, give it. 
Don't see its limitations, even though they 
almost over-shadow its power; help it to 
grow into what it believes it can be. Encour- 
agement is only another name for apprecia- 


tion. It IS no harder to see the good qualities 
in others than it is to see the faults, and 
it is a whole lot more comfortable for every- 
one* Life is a continual process of selection, 
and since we cannot choose but select some- 
thing, learn to make it from the beautiful 
and best qualities, and then hold them up 
before the eyes of the possessor and see it 
with all the high lights of love and appre- 
ciation turned upon it. If we make the 
most of all the good and great things we 
find in our lives we will have very little 
time left to grieve about what we do not 

When we go into a store and find all the 
clerks, who wait upon us, cross, distraught 
and uncivil, don't report them to the propri- 
etor; that will never cure them. Just treat 
them yourself by appreciation; give them 
sunshine; pour out all the warmth of your- 
self upon them and watch the effect. It 
won't be five minutes until the efi'ect begins 


to show; just the tones of your voice can 
start a new vibration. Do not be afraid to 
express your appreciation of them or for any- 
thing they do for you; there is no life on 
earth that can stand against real, sincere 

When some one answers us in a hateful 
manner, don't answer them back in the same 
tone; stop a moment, give them a thought 
of warm love and a kind word and see the 
storm clear away. There is no force on earth 
higher than the constructive energy of appre- 
ciation, warmed by a great love. There is a 
latent spark in every being which flares up in 
answer to the stimulation of appreciation; 
and the knowledge and use of this power 
widens our lives and our field of usefulness. 
The whole business world everywhere is 
clamoring for live, vital workmen, who can 
attract and hold the outside world. It pays 
big salaries to those who can prove them- 
selves "mascots" in wha^tever work they 



represent, but there is positively no place 
whatever for the "dead ones'*; they already 
glut the market. 

Appreciation; the power of sincere recog- 
nition of our own abilities and capabilities; 
and side by side with it, the same approval 
of other lives; these are all factors in the 
foundation of a life success which cannot be 
fully understood until it is tried. 

In order to get real appreciation, we must 
get real love into our hearts and then teach 
ourselves how to connect with our words. 
We may manufacture a grin and an artificial 
approval, but at the same time we must be 
getting the real thing into our inner being 
or there will come a time when our words 
will be only as sounding brass or tinkling 

There is a great truth in the power of 
thought transference, and it is just as easy to 
create a mental atmosphere of appreciation 
as it is to speak it; and for some lives this is 


sufficient to encourage them, but be wise and 
know when the spoken word is necessary to 
complete their character. 

Live appreciation; radiate it; let it shine 
through you, but by all means learn to make 
your lips declare the truth your heart has 
known. "Encourage people; tell them of 
their good qualities of mind and heart and 
person too; it will revive them; make them 
think they are understood; perhaps awaken 
hope and will and power to do'*; and when 
this is finished be sure that we recognize and 
appreciate all that others do for us. 

To aid others in developing to their utter- 
most and to "dare to be what they will to 
be/' is the great testimony of our capacity 
of controlling, directing, and completing our 
own life. 

There is no power so impressive, so strong 
for success, so powerful in life building, and 
so certain in its everlasting benefit to man- 
kind in general, as this one great human 


attribute, appreciation, or the power of uni- 
versal recognition. 

Then each life is great in itself and in- 
creasing in its greatness with others. Then 
life and love and God are one. 

Sixteenth Success Method 

Comparison, both true and false, takes 
part in our success and failure. Comparison 
is everywhere on our pathway. One would 
have to be born with a supreme ego never 
to compare himself with anyone else, or with 
certain opportunities and lack of opportuni- 
ties of action. "By the mistakes of others 
wise men correct their own," and unless we 
are proud and self-arrogant we must find 
splendid opportunities of measuring our own 
ability with the ability or lack of ability of 

Strong, positive ideals are necessary in the 
building of a perfected selfhood, and positive 
ideals are bound to keep one in a condition 
of comparative thinking, for only as we see 
the ultimate self clearly can we hew to the 


line along the path of our true development. 
There are always those who can do the very 
thing we are doing and do it in a different 
way and better, perhaps, than we are doing 
it, and no matter how fine we are, we would 
be just that much finer if we added to our 
own method the methods of those who are 
our masters. ^ 

A master consciousness and a master ex- 
pression is always to be emulated, and the 
one who does not know this and who stands 
fast bound to his own peculiar method, refus- 
ing to entertain even the idea of a change in 
his method, is a cad, and a snob, who will 
meet his own defeat through his own egoism. 
He may be all right, but so are a world of 
others and it will do him good to take notice. 

^Not all of perfection is expressing through 
anyone all at once; no matter who he is or 
what he is doing, he must grow into it out 
of the natural states of his thoughts, feelings 
and actions. 


All art, literature, music, drama, commerce, 
politics, and industry have their living pic- 
tures of perfection and there follows, as in- 
centives, ideals and examples to help bring 
out in us all that is capable of stimulation. 

Healthy, normal and careful comparison 
of our own ability and our own expressions 
with the highest type of these things we can 
find in others, will keep us on the keen edge 
of finer efi'ort and spur us on to accomplish 
still greater expression in action, and as long 
as we keep to this we are under a success law 
which cannot be broken. 

Around this true law of healthy compari- 
son there swings the negative destructive 
law of hateful comparisons. Hateful com- 
parisons have ruined fine executive lives. 
Filled with a desire divine to be perfect in 
the thing it is doing, possessing a supersen- 
sitive nature, seeing the magnificent expres- 
sion of others in the same work and company 
their own feeble effort with the fuller perfect 


one, they have sunk down in despair and 
given up all e£fort, when all that was needed 
was a little longer practice and steadfast ap- 
plication; keeping what they had, and with- 
out hateful comparison, using the expression 
of those who were their masters as examples 
to inspire them, instead of becoming dis- 
couraged and giving up all effort. 

Hateful comparisons have become the can- 
kering worm in the heart of the finest tree 
of life, and it works its way through the most 
minute things and where we would least 
expect. There are many stories one could 
tell of it, but here is a plain case of failure 
through hateful comparison: 

A lady wanted me to dine with her. She 
said, "I want to have a long talk with you 
and I want you to tell me just what is the 
matter with me. I am not happy, we are 
not as successful as we should be, and my 
husband seems discouraged, and I seem to 
annoy him more than I comfort him, and 


yet I do not know just where we are slipping 
oflF the line, but I know we are slipping.** I 
dined with this lady and her husband and 
this is what I found: The husband was a 
commercial traveller, very successful, clear- 
ing a comfortable yearly salary; they had 
been in every country and at last had selected 
a certain city for their permanent location, 
and decided to build a little house, just to 
have an abiding place to which they could 
repair for rest during his vacations, and 
where the wife could remain while he was 
away on short trips. It all seemed right 
and the most sensible thing to do and I was 
the first guest in the new little house. The 
house was a perfect gem in architecture and 
all the appointments were perfect and I ex- 
claimed with delight at the beauty and sim- 
plicity. As soon as we were alone together 
the wife said, "Now come and see all of my 
new house." Then and there she began to 
reveal the canker at the heart of her rose- 


tree of life. Comparisons hateful, small, be- 
littling comparisons I She began at the hall; 
the rug had to be excused — it was not good 
enough, but all that she could have then, 
but, oh, there was a rug she wanted and one 
of her friends had so and so. The beautiful 
rug on her own floor was lost in her senseless 
regret of comparison of what she wanted and 
had not. Every room in her house came in 
for the same hateful comparison — the pretty 
curtains in one room were valueless because 
they were not some other kind of lace; the 
dining-room table was carved and beautifully 
done but worthless to her because it was not 
pure mahogany; every room was blasted and 
made desolate by her belittling unconscious 
comparison; even the dear little maid who 
served the dinner came in for her hateful 
comparison; she, too, was worthless when 
compared with some foreign maid she had 
had abroad. Then the husband — hateful 
comparison was rampant there. He should 


have developed himself to command more 
salary. Other men had better positions and 
commanded bigger salaries who did less work* 
Everywhere this wife turned in thought she 
compared his work, himself and his salary; 
she pulled him down and destroyed every 
citadel or shrine he had ever put up in his 
own life. Naturally I found the husband 
silent and inclined to say, "what's the use,** 
and with a sort of stolid "hang on" atmos- 
phere that had in it the whole story of the 
cause and eflFect of his wife's unconscious 
failure law. 

After dinner she took me to her own pretty 
boudoir and seating ourselves cozily she said, 
"Now, go on, tell me, just what is the 
matter with me.*' The dear! Of course, I 
told her in terms too plain to be misunder- 
stood for she was a growing soul and could 
stand truth. 

Hateful comparisons were dragging down 
her womanhood, and dulling the keen edge of 


enthusiasm in her husband, and she had 
always been his whole inspiration. She was 
unconsciously putting out his light and their 
growing lack of success was being watered 
by this silent destroyer. She saw the law 
and began rebuilding at once, and they are 
today more than successful, happy, and con- 
tented with the things their own efforts pro- 
vide, and she remains his inspiration and he 
her lover-husband. 

Just one more example: Every day I hear 
persons say: "I won't sing if they do," "I 
won't try to do this or that if so and so is 
going to be there," and day after day, in some 
way or other, persons are destroying them- 
selves by their senseless, hateful comparisons. 

No one can ever hope for success by this 
means. Individual success is built on the 
self, and the power of the self to retain its 
selfhood. Be your self! Do the thing you 
can do in your own way, no matter how any 
one else does things, you have something they 


have not, and that is your own originally; 
they may know all you know, but they do 
not know just how you are going to say it 
— that is your secret and your success. 

There are no two blades of grass alike; 
God made infinite variety, just so there 
should not be hateful comparison; there is, 
in truth, no such thing as "comparison." 
We are each perfect for our type and diflFerent 
from any one's else. **Let the wild rose 
alone, she couldn't be the lily if she tried," 
Ella Wheeler Wilcox said, and you are all 
right, no matter what your expression may 
be, and if you work on, perfecting your own / 
type, you will get somewhere, but if you bind 
yourself with the wretchedness of comparison, 
you will fail, just because you make your con- 
sciousness one with the law of failure. 

Whatever you have around you in things, 
people and conditions are just what you have 
the power to create, and they will remain 
until you change them by making new con- 


ditions, so don't belittle them or compare 
them — love them and call them good and 
try to displace them by finer attraction. 
Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up, will 
draw all men unto me," and the individual 
who will perfect his type, and make himself 
the hundred per cent expressed of just that 
thing that he is, will have success; it will 
come and abide with him because he is ful- 
filling the true laws of his being. 

Comparisons for growth and example — this 
is only embodied stimulation to higher eff*ort 
and purpose and is tijie ladder by which we 
climb past our dead selves to higher things. 

Comparison for depreciation and rejection 
of our finer selfhood — this is failure — and 
the one who does it reaps what he sows. 

The true self knows, and knowing, dares 
the way, turning aside, perhaps, to get a 
shorter path, but holding fast to the great 
mortal bu^hright which aUows it to say, " I 
am that I am." 

Seventeenth Success Method 


There are those who are always sad, 
unhappy. Their gloom reacts on everything 
around them and carrying this load of despair 
they become a dread to their friends, their 
loved ones, business opportunities pass them 
by because no one wants a walking tale of woe 
which, by every look, tells to every passer- 
by the negative failure method of their lives. 

If we look deeply into every life that 
touches our own, we will find that each one 
is on the same journey; each hunting for 
the same object. It is plain that every- 
body is filled with only one great purpose, 
which stands paramount to all others, and 
that is, the desire to be happy, to find happi- 
ness, not the fleeting content which any one 
can feel for an hour, a day, but that all 


sufficienti certain and abiding contentment 
which makes for peace, power and plenty at 
every point in our human existence. 

Watching this search for happiness we 
cannot help but ask "what is happiness?" 
"Where is it to be found, and how do we 
recognize a life which has found it?" 

There are many definitions for happiness, 
but it seems that the only real answer is to 
say " happiness is found by simply getting 
what we want." There are grades and 
grades of happiness, for there are grades and 
grades of desire. The soul which desires, 
then realizes that desire and which knows 
that every other desire which it may ever 
have, will also be realized, is the one, and 
the only one, which can say it has found 

We were taught by the older thought 
people that self-denial was the first law of 
our beings, and that with "renunciation life 
began." This has led humanity out into 


an endless concentration along lines of lack 
and loss. Half the world believes it cannot 
have what it wants. 

Today we do not believe that teaching 
and know it never was meant to be what 
the world has interpreted it to be. Today 
we know that we can be what we will to be, 
and that the all will wants us to have every- 
thing we want, and will back us for every 
desire of our lives. We know that happiness 
is the law of life, and man's natural condi- 
tion; that unhappiness is a disease and the 
sign of a life astray from the Infinite 

We believe in God now more and more, 
because we believe in ourselves more and 
more, and we see always something in our 
every action that speaks of Him and His 
infinite care. Today we do not lay down our 
desires and try and try to say "Thy will be 
done" but we know that our will is His wHI, 
and we can say with an exaltation of spirit. 


it is His will that we meet His will, and we 
can meet it unafraid. 

Happiness and unhappiness are conditions 
of the mind and have nothing to do with 
real life. 

Life is full of curious contradictions and con* 
ditions, all set in motion by our own and other 
peoples' ignorance, and it is the position we as- 
sume toward these conflicting forces which 
determine whether we shall be happy or other- 
wise. It is no one's fault but our own if 
we are unhappy; it is i>o one's fault but^ 
our own if we are sick, poor or full of lack. 
The whole scheme of existence makes for 
happiness and all life is full, complete, serene,! 
only awaiting our own awakening to that 

There are always two ways of looking at 
these things which we want, and which we 
think are necessary for our happiness. One 
is to determine whether from our view-point 
we consider them attainable; and if we are 


convinced that they are, then secure them; 
but if we are convinced that they are not, 
at least, without great striving and resist- 
ance on our part, then lay them down and 
let them alone for that time, get over want- 
ing them until life brings them into our cur- 
rent. We must never forget that substance 
is always changing, and so is position, and 
the unattainable of today may become the 
attainable tomorrow, just from the fact that 
the law of supply and demand are equal. 

We can never hope to possess anything 
until we feel and know that it is directly in 
our line of transference, and it is our own 
folly if we sit down and become unhappy 
over it, while we recognize its separation 
from our lives. As soon as our wills recog- 
nize that it is not our own, we put it beyond 
our reach for that time; we will never get 
it until time, and our own wills, bring it 
into our atmosphere. 

There is no use striving after anything. 


there is no use grieving for it or mourning 
over it; this is true no matter how much 
it may seem to contradict our early teach* 
ings; we simply cannot get anything by 
running after it and straining every nerve 
to secure it; we only secure by attracting 
and polarizing ourselves above the plane of 
competition, where we can become conscious 
creators. When we have discovered this, 
we have come into a knowledge of how to 
get our true position to universal substance, 
and our own desires can get what they want; 
through this we demonstrate our own desires 
on the physical plane, and manifest the true 

In order to be happy we must learn not 
to put a perverted value on life's diflFerentia- 
tions. It is in being influenced by these 
things that we get unhappiness. We have 
absolutely nothing to do with the differen- 
tiations of people, place or conditions. We 
are only responsible for one thing in this 


world life, and that is ourselves; everyone 
else is responsible for themselves and do not 
need to worry about us. If we would only 
learn this, and refuse to put our hands on 
another's life, and not allow their domination 
in our lives, we would go a long way in this 
search for happiness. It is not our own 
lives that make us unhappy, it is our fear of 
what others will think of us. We will never 
become happy nor know true happiness until 
we learn that it really does not matter what 
any one thinks of us. There is only one true 
criterion of our actions, and that is ourselves. 
The only one we are responsible for is our- 
selves; it is impossible for us to tell what 
any one needs in his development save our- 
selves; no one can tell us what to do; in the 
last analysis we must stand alone, and if we 
learn this, we put ourselves and our affairs 
far beyond the reach of promiscuous direc- 
tion into the great path of truth, where and 
whatever 15, is right for us as well as for others. 


The life that has found its own center and 
who knows that it is its own unaided law 
that stands amid eternal ways in the midst 
of changing and chaotic conditions, that 
walks on serene with mind alive to the divine 
teachings, has the Success law, and the true 
position toward the differentiations of life 
and the changes of substance. It is poised 
above the plane of competition, where it has 
only to desire and speak the word, and it 
will clothe itself in physical manifestations 
for it. Does it want wealth, it knows the 
opulence of supply and asks for it. Does it 
want wealth, love, possession, anything — 
it knows that there is abundance everywhere, 
and in the calm purpose of life, it has only 
to ask and it is given. This is realization, 
this is happiness; a realization which only is 
vouchsafed to those who have made a con- 
scious union with the Infinite. 

The life that sublimes itself into the plane 
above the human thought-plane of error. 



comes into the "perfect peace that passeth 
all understanding/' for it has touched the 
Absolute; that life looks at all the conflict- 
ing expressions of this earth life with all see- 
ing eyes, and knows that no matter what the 
expression may be, far above the heart-aches, 
the self-made loss, the self-made pain or re- 
muneration, the hand of the eternal Good 
is guiding this life finds peace and happiness, 
and this brings power and power brings Sue- 
cess. It knows that every idol of our human 
hearts must somehow, somewhere be laid 
down unless we know how to take it with us 
as we pass onward to our own fulfillment. 
It knows that we must lay it down with 
tears and pain, and lips dumb with suflFer- 
ing, and leavr it until in that great day of 
all days, our soul is born into the higher 
kingdom of thought, where we learn to make 
union with our own, through God-like con- 
True possession is true happiness. We can- 


not lose anything which is our own. It is 
true that whatever we really desire and vital- 
ize into existence for ourselves, may become 
our own, not only now but for all eternity. 
Failure, loss, pain and grief are but words to 
the life that has awakened to this knowledge; 
it keeps its soul filled with the greatness of 
growth; looks at attainment from a grand 
pinnacle of feeling where pain, trouble, heart- 
ache, loss and unhappiness are unknown, 
but the happiness of an eternal realization is 
its souL And happiness is a magnet attract- 
ing to itself all the free wonderful things in 
the world. 

Eighteenth Success Method 


Poise is that quality of the human mind 
which makes for perfect balance in all of 
life's relations. It is activity under control. 
It enables one to pass from end to end of 
the pole of human feeling and function nor- 
mally at every point of contact. It means 
health in sickness, life in death, silence in 
strife, hope in despair, joy in sorrow, pain 
in loss, and everlasting and eternal Good 
in the face of evil. 

Poise Is to the human soul and body what 
the compass is to the mariner; it is the cloud 
by day and the pillar of fire by night to the 
soul adrift on the psychical ocean; it is one 
expression of the highest energy. When 
every other hope has failed, the soul that 
has poise is not altogether desolate. 


Sensation is the direct cause of action; we 
are continually receiving sensations through 
mind, soul and body, and acting accordingly. 
The individual who can receive every sensa- 
tion of his daily life, and regulate himself to 
vibrate with it, no matter how high or how 
low it may plunge him, has a poised life and 
is master of himself. It is said ''all the world 
falls into line with the man who declares 
himself a master." This is true, and only 
those who have learned th^e lesson of true 
poise command the unpoised. The poised 
creature is the positive creature, and the 
negative world must obey his will. 

What constitutes a poised and an un- 
poised life? Simply this: The understanding 
and use of will power, the application of 
natural laws to every phase of life, and the 
correct position toward everything on all 
planes. Everyone is possessed of just so 
much will power which by training and 
study, he may increase to an unusual amount. 

POISE i8i 

Given a certain amount of this quality, it 
is easy to see that the one who understands 
and uses his will power increases his growth 
on all planes far in advance of the individual 
who does not know or refuses to know his 
true worth. It is also easy to see that the 
greater the development, the greater the con- 
trolling power becomes and the more certain 
of results one may become, because he has 
learned the inherent power of his own being. 
A will power that is halting, full of fear, 
and uncertain of its own creations, cannot 
hope for success in the activities of life. 
The changing substances of life with which 
we are obliged to cope make it impossible 
/(o intelligently direct our plane unless we 
have taught ourselves that fine balance which 
cannot be altered by external conditions. 
Sickness, old age, poverty and death are 
only examples of loss of poise; it begins with 
weakness of the will and ends with atrophy. 
Sickness and poverty are inherited and ac- 


quired) and one of our safe-guards against 
them is to poise ourselves in a positive physi- 
cal and mental attitude and thus control our 
own being by refusing to be made the host for 
a crowd of emotions we do not enjoy. In- 
herited disease can never manifest in us un- 
less we recognize the legacies which dead 
men have left us and accept them; they are 
negative conditions and can have no power 
over us save that which we give them. 

Acquired sickness . is a condition purely 
of our own making. Even accidents cannot 
happen for those who are poised in the In- 
finite vibration of truth, since those only who 
are poised for just those things which they 
choose and want, can come to them. 

In our will lies the power to create the 
diseases or to destroy them; there are only 
two important points through which disease 
gains entrance to our bodies, and these 
points are our emotions and our minds. 
Our emotions sense a purely imaginary con- 

POISE 183 

dition, and our wills send these imagings 
through our bodies in thought currents until 
the minute cell-brain of our bodies receive 
them and register them in their conscious- 
ness until they can reproduce them in form. 
Just here is where our poise comes into ac- 
tion; it is time for us to recognize that we 
are masters of communications which our 
minds will telegraph to our cells; our wills 
inhabit degenerative thoughts, and what- 
ever our minds receive may be distributed 
evenly among the receiving stations of our 
nervous systems and no one center paralyzed 
by shock. 

There are those who are so separated from 
this will power and control that a sudden 
surprise or shocking news will render them 
unconscious, and in others reason has gone 
out, and even life itself. All these grades of 
emotion are rates of vibration and poise is 
one of the highest rates of vibration known. 
The soul that has found its poise and its 


true power and position toward the changing 
conditions of life, has stood face to face with 
that supreme poise which masters all, and 
it has faith to say '^though I walk through 
the valley of the shadow of death, I will 
fear no evil.*' 

We are all acquainted with the unpoised 
man — the self-conscious, negative creature; 
the one who "doesn't know*' and who says 
"I can't." The whole world is full of a 
great skulking apologetic crowd, who cannot 
even come into our presence without carrying 
with them the atmosphere of begging to 
be excused for being born. This is the ex- 
pression of the unpoised man, and it is he 
who has caused all the trouble between labor 
and capital in the world, and will continue 
to cause it until the " I " in all these individ- 
uals is lifted up and placed where it should 
be by themselves. It never occurs to them 
that they can brace up and look the whole 
world in the face; and that they do not have 

POISE 185 

anything they do not want; they do not 
know how to say "no" and will never say 
"no*' to things unless they mil; they simply 
go on allowing themselves to be bullied to 
death by stronger wills, which would gladly 
give them everything they want if they knew 
how to get it; they whine, groan and curse, 
and then strikes and bombs tell the rest of 
their unpoised story. 

The poised man does not need any of this, 
in fact, he will not accept it; he is strong 
and creative; he knows what he wants and 
how to get it; he is not influenced by out- 
side talk; he has inborn right of purpose; 
he is neither sick, poor nor down-trodden, 
simply because he refuses to be; no sweat 
shops for him, and if he ever runs one him- 
self it is because he, like a thousand others, 
sees this great world full of unpoised human 
lives in which they can traffic, which seems 
only fit to be sweated, and because he, with 
others of his kind, has not learned that 


greatest of all humanitarian lessons — '^as 
ye did it unto the least of these, ye did it 
unto me." The power of poise is great 
when used for evil; it is Divine when di- 
rected toward the uplifting of self and the 

■'' . The first step toward poise is to cast out 
fear; there is nothing in all the world of 
which we need be afraid; we must know this, 
say it, feel it and live it until it stands out 
in our lives a part of our every action and 
we have passed into mental freedom. Be 
sure that we are the highest expression of 
life on this plane and have absolute dominion 
over our lives; we must never waver in our 
mental mastery; after we have secured our 
own freedom, set about getting it externally; 
we can have what we want and what we 
want is the very best thing for us to have; 
it is our consciousness trying to get into ex- 
pression; do not let anyone else think for us, 
we have to become our own masters before 

POISE 187 

we can have any force with any one else; 
advice is all right but it does not amount 
to anything only as it helps us to reach our 
own conclusions. 

Do not let us worry about what anybody 
will think of us; "no man is our friend and 
no man is our enemy, but all men are our 
teachers." We may do as we please, it is 
not really any matter what any one thinks but 
ourselves; if others do not like what we do, 
let them leave us; we want companions 
in our life work not slaves, servants or 

The only thing that any one is ev^r really 
responsible for is himself; it is his business 
to lift up the "I" until by association with 
it all men will be lifted up. Do not think it 
is a dangerous philosophy to teach that 
everyone shall do just what he pleases. Far 
from it, for in doing what they want to do, 
they find the greatest of all lessons — that 
there is one great and continuctus brother- 


hood of life, action and being; and that 
'^no man liveth to himself and no man dieth 
to himself" and when they always do as 
they please, their inborn sense of right will 
teach them to never please to do anything 
that is not for their own good and the good 
of the world at large. They will find the 
greatness of happiness in doing what they 
want and they will want the whole world to 
be happy. 

Absolute perfect union with pur own selves 
and common sense relations to all external 
life; belief in our own power of accomplish* 
ment and our own Divine right to be "what 
we will to be," faith, hope, love toward all 
others and that great world-wide charity 
that **thinketh no evil," — this is poise, and 
as we learn it on the human, physical plane 
of expression, we pass into the unseen psy* 
chic world of laws and become one with that 
great invisible world-poise which never faileth- 
Poise in tlie human conscience is the deep 

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spiritual fulcrum through which man can 
pull his own material universe into form — 
poise in the center means power outside — 
and poise and power become the foundation 
for a success that is eternal. 

Nineteenth Success Method 

There is a game called life 

Wbicb all men know; 

Some play ix with wide open eyes. 

While others risk their all upon one throwt 

And tbrotvingf lack the craft to load the dice. 

This throwing and lacking the craft to 
load the dice is the failure side of effort, and 
the winner in the game is he who plays with 
a complete and perfect understanding* 

Every game has rules; there is not the 
simplest thing in the world which is not 
governed by its own law, and to learn how to 
operate this law is the game men play every- 

The thing we call "life** is man's master- 
game, and the one who understands all the 
rules of life is the winner in just the degree 


that he plays fair; he may cheat and lie 
and shift his hand and win for a time, but 
the universal master of the game check- 
mates him when, in some unguarded moment, 
he lays down his hand. 

There are great eternal rules in the game 
of life which must be regarded, and we vio- 
late these rules at our peril. Before we can 
begin to study the rules we have to learn 
that one-half of life is wholly dependent upon 
man. "The Lord hath need of thee" is 
written, and universal consciousness is every- 
where waiting for men to manifest it. God 
has long since finished his work in this sphere. 
He waits now for the extending mind of man 
to receive and express the wider reaches of 
Divine intelligence. 

When we awaken to the first knowledge 
of the game of life and study the rules, we 
find four great rules set, and no amount of 
questioning, resistance or denial ever changes 
them. We can kick against them if we will, 


but our game grows less and less successful 
the longer we play it by other rules than the 
first rule of life. 

These are the four great rules in the 
game of life, and man must master them if 
he ever wishes to succeed. 

First: **Tb<m sbak have no other gods hfijore, me." 
Second: As a man tbinketb in bis beart, so is be. 
Third: Resist not evU. 

Fourth: "Ask and ye sbaU receive, seek and ye sball 
findt knock and it sbaU be opened unto you" 

No matter where we go we find the failure 
world playing this game of life by every 
rule but the right one. "Thou shalt have 
no other gods before me*' the sky soul said, 
and yet the million of gods before which 
half the human race bows and worships, 
and from whom they beg assistance they 
^' tread the self-same paths their fathers trod 
who knew not God — they know not God." 
They have rested their whole hope in human 
powers and endowed human things, people 


and conditions with all sorts of imaginary 
powers, enthroning them in their hearts and 
lives, surrounding them with impossible at- 
tributes, then, when the true law of these 
things becomes revealed, they are broken 
and desolate; they lose because they failed' 
to play the game fair; they are the product 
of their own misguided interpretation. 

Out in the world of disease and lack, pov- 
erty and heart-break, these people wander, 
the hopeless example of the laws they served! 
The hospitals are full of diseased, sufifering 
ones, the insane asylums over-flowing, sur- 
gical sanitariums receive a never-ending line 
of incurables telling him who runs and reads 
how imperfectly they understood the law. 
"Thou shalt have no other gods before me," 
but before them and between them and 
their God-source stands, the personality of 
the doctor, the crutch or the drug, the hope 
in the sanitarium, the belief in the surgical 
knife; pinning their life to these things they 


grew farther and farther away from the 
divine spark of power within them; rest- 
ing their hope in men and things they 
lost the conscious union with the great crea- 
tive spiritual energy of the universe which, 
set in active operation by the true rules 
of the game of life, would have pre- 
vented their physical degeneration. False to 
the universe; success in health, false to 
themselves; evading the true law of success 
in health; they become the worked-out 
sentence of their own judgment, and theyt 
themselves are discards from the universal 
pack. i 

In the world of material gain, commercial 
and industrial success, this law of violation 
of the true rules falls with as sure a blow as 
it does in the flesh. "Thou shalt have no 
other gods before me," and yet here strug- 
gling for supremacy men seek to rise through 
the power and influence of their fellow men« 
they look for help everywhere but to the 


true source within themselves and the univer- 
sal; they think men can give and that men 
can take away, when the true rule is that 
no one but ourselves can do this. When we 
link ourselves with the universal and create 
our own in consciousness, men must pass it 
to us by divine law, it is the great universal 
rule of the game of supply. If men can give, 
then men can take away, and the one who 
works with this belief in his heart, is playing 
false to the true rule and he must fail, for 
he builds this law for himself; the one who 
rises through the power and influence of 
another has only passive possession, and he 
must somewhere surrender everything that 
is not his own, and pass it into the higher 
law of active possession. No one can take 
our own away and our own is just what we 
create for ourselves, and we create it by 
recognizing it in the universal, and then 
looking to men to bring it to us or connect 
us with it. 


'"Thou shalt have no other gods before 
me/' and all mine is thine, and the one who 
forgets that his source of supply is universal, 
and not personal but who links his life with 
the personal will have to fight his way 
through the changes of men and things until 
he becomes the example of his own game of 

Here is a story, homely and unadorned, 
which shows the full measure of man's trans- i 
gression of the true rules of the game of | 
supply. A certain woman owned a chicken/ 
farm and took keen delight in feeding the 
chickens. One of her primitive observations 1 
was this: She said that she would take a big ' 
pan of feed to the chickens' yard and set it 
down right in the center in easy reach of the ' 
hens. Then this was what would follow: A 
few hens would be first at the pan and get- 
ting their mouths full of the good things in 
the pan, would run away to the comer of the 
yard; then the other remaining hens would 


come up and seeing the hens with their beaks 
full of food would run after tbem, and pretty 
soon there would be a scramble all over the 
yard) hens struggling v with hens for the tiny 
scraps in their mouths, picking, fighting, 
running, while the big pan, with its over- 
flowing mess, was standing untouched in the 
center of the yard waiting for the return of 
the angry fowls.' 

The woman said, "These chickens are just 
like humans out in the world, fighting to 
take the little human possessions from each 
other, while the great universal waite with 
its opulence to give to any one who comes/' 
And again, she said, "If they had emptied 
the pan I was ready and willing to get an- 
other panful, but they wore themselves out 
scrambling over the bits/' 

'No truer tale ever was told and when men 
play the game of supply by such false rules 
(and they do so every day) they must fail 
because it is the inevitable end of the game. 


Wc are receivers, creators, and distributors, 

and must play our own perfect part of the 

^universal game. God, the great Universal 

llife, has provided some better things fori 

lis, that they, without us, cannot be madej 


The second rule is equally important. 
''As a man tbinketb in bis beart, so is be/' 
and yet the weary failure world goes on 
every hour thinking fear, anger, resistance, 
condemnation, poverty and disease. There 
is little hope for a final winning in the game 
if with every move the player breaks his 
own law of power. Faith is an all-abiding 
necessity according to the universal rule: 
Faith in God, faith in man, and faith in our 
own power: To think the thoughts which will 
give ourselves the environment, people, every- 
thing just as we would have them — this is 
the great command, and "there is not a thing 
in all the world but that tbinking makes it 
so." What folly it is to spend our hours 


thinking of everything in the world that we 
do not want, when with another thought 
move we can change the whole game for our- 
selves and for others. 

The failure world is saturated with doubt, 

fear and uncertainty; "I can't" and "I 


don't know" are their devils, they haunt 
their sleep and follow in their waking hours. 
The game of life^ is spoiled because with 
these things dogging their footsteps they lose 
the memory of the true rule, and their hearts 
are filled with thoughts that become things 
of fear or evil, and dwells with them. 

The failure world always asks for a cer- 
tainty before it will accept or consent. The 
success world fills its heart with thoughts of 
the thing it desires and lets these thoughts 
build it into a divine faith in the ultimate. 
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he," 
and the one who has to have a certainty 
before he ventures, has lost before he begins, 
because there is nothing on this planet that is 


sure but changes — the one great changeless 
law of change will carry the law of success or 
failure through to its own end. 

The third rule — " Resist not evil/' This 
rule demands persistent attention, and until 
one learns the higher laws of life and finds 
that there is really no evil but that which 
we call evil is only unripe good. He will be 
continually in conflict, and conflict is one of 
the paths to failure; there are so many 
things that seem wrong or so impossible that 
one must have a consciousness as high as 
Heaven to hold it all good and right. Yet 
the Universal Rule of the Game of life was 
this "Resbt not evil:" "Do good to them who 
despitefully use you — If a man smite thee 
on one cheek, turn to him the other also/' 

In all the multitude of lives seeking for 
higher self-attainment, thousands forget this 
rule, they play by the rule of their own be- 
nighted consciousness — "An eye for an eye, 
a tooth for a tooth" — and as the game goes 


on they find that they have won and lost, 
they have won their game, perhaps, but have 
lost love, and without love they are but as 
^'sounding brass and tinkling cymbals/' 
They have gotten even with those who are 
their enemies, perhaps in the human way 
their vengeance has been satisfied, but there 
is the mystic law and the higher rule of the 
game which said: *' Vengeance is mine, I will 
repay** and they failed while they seemed to 
prosper. As the days go on they learn the 
fateful lesson that we can never really "get 
even** with any one — that our enemies are 
the instruments in the hands of our own law 
which we have endowed with power over us, 
and that when we think we are getting even 
with our enemies we find that we are settling 
old scores with our own soul. And it is not 
to them we have to answer, but to the Uni- 
versal Rule and that has said, "Resist not 
evil.** "If a man ask you to go a mile, go 
with him twain.** Living a life of hate, re- 


sistance, condemnation and vengeance is play- 
ing off the universal law, and in order to fill 
our own true part there must be born in us 
understanding of life in the highest, the 
knowledge that the one life is in all and 
through all; then love will take the place of 
resistance — love for God — love for man — love 
for ourselves, and success born of love is eternal. 

The Fourth Rule. "Ask and ye shall re- 
ceive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it 
shall be opened unto you/' 

Faith without works is dead, and the one 
who wants to play the game of life to a tre- 
mendous finish must work I Jesus said "My 
Father works, and I work" and the very 
first thing any one does who wants to be 
truly successful is to work for some one else 
quickly. The Universal Rule sets man at 
work at once, "ask" it says, the universal 
waits. Make known your desires in word, 
deed and thought; do something. "Whatso- 
ever ye ask, believing that ye will receive. 


that shall ye receive/' The Divine Intelli- 
geace takes every life at its own estimate, 
but in the face of this first great command- 
ment men do not ask, they do not seek, they 
do not knock, the great law of service is un- 
known in their lives. 

Every day men speak themselves out of 
their hearts' desires. If we listen to the 
words of the failure multitude we will soon 
learn that by their words they are justified 
and condemned. They say, "what's the 
use?" "I know I can't," "There is nothing 
in it for me." "There is no use trying, I 
have tried and failed, I know I can't get it." 
"He wouldn't help me, business is awful," 
"I expect that I will lose," "I shall not try 
any more," "I am too old," "I hate life." 
Yet the rule of the game says: "Ask, seek, 
knock," but standing just before the doors 
they have closed by thek own ignorance 
they turn away and in despair say: "I've 
played out, the game was never fair." 


The success of life means to gird on the 
whole armor of God-consciousness and to go 
out into the battle field, and move things 
into shape with a power born of a knowledge 
of the game. When we take our wants into 
our hearts and step out into the multitude 
of men, and having asked the universal, ask 
men also with the poise born of this higher 
authority, they will hear and heed and be- 
come then and there a direct line of trans- 
ference between us and our own. Then, 
listening to those around who are asking us, 
we fulfill the rules of service, and as we go 
on seeking wider and deeper fulfillment of 
our desires, we can knock at the door of the 
hearts of men and they will arise and bid us 

The universal rule says, "I have set before 
thee an open door no man can shut/' The 
only part of the game man makes perfect is 
to open the doors of life around him. As he 
goes on playing his part in unison with the 


universal rule, he comes ere long into per- 
fect mastery, his hfand no longer lacks the 
craft to load the dice and his throw is swift 
and sure because he is one with the law. 

Unity — one with all, "No other God be- 
fore me," but God in all and through all — 
the Universal rule in all things and all things 
in the universal rule, recognizing always the 
infinite source. 

Faith — so boundless that it is past all 
doubting, for it knows in what it puts its 

The human quality that can wait; and 
with nothing before and nothing behind, still 
know that it is the divine thinker of its own 
thoughts, and that as a man thinketh, so is he. 

Love — born of an understanding deep as 
life itself, reaching out for the distraught 
faltering human heart, loves on through 
doubt and darkness until the impossible be- 
comes the possible through the inspiration of 
love's own spark. 


AskI Seek! Find 1 1 

Walking the world path of the human, 
serving the wants of others as links to our 
own, knowing that the highest love of God 
is service to man, asking of all, seeking 
everywhere, knocking at every door, striving 
to give of all we have to those who have not, 
and then when we face arrears turn back 
into the universal for our own increased 
supply — this is the square of success and 
around these play all the other laws. The 
one who digs into wisdom and builds on 
these rules has digged deep and built his 
house of success on a rock and though the 
storms of life come, it will not fall. 

Unity, Faith, Love, Service — this is the 
perfect foundation! Four-squared the city of 
Kfe stands. He is one with the Great Master 
player of the Game, and he has learned that 
this game called "Life" is not a coward, 
best, that he only tvins who plunges in and in, 
and prays the while he bares his naked breast. 


Twentieth Success Method 

"/ am so weary of toil and tears; 
Toil without recompense, tears aU in vain.** 

Do you know that this is the cry all over 
the world? No matter how much any one 
may appear to have^ no matter where he 
stands in name and place, deep in almost 
every heart there is this cry of loss and 
tears, this story of bread cast upon the 
waters which has not returned. 

"Give to the world the best you have and 
the world will give back to you" has not 
been made good in every life according to 
its own story. Most of us know those who 
have spent their lives in loving service, yet 
something which they cannot understand and 
over which they have no control, deals out 


to them blow after blow until at the end of 
life they lie down to die with no pay for any 
eflFort of their Kves. They gave to the world 
the best they had, yet, viewed from their 
confined paths, the world never repaid them 
for their giving. 

Then there is another class whose lives 
seem to be peculiarly free from suffering, and 
who seem to have the things they want with- 
out putting forth any effort to secure them. 
They live their lives care free; they never 
give of their store nor of themselves; they 
lie down to die with a calm unruffled peace, 
showing no fear of the past and no concern 
of the future. They have hoped nothing, 
feared nothing, given nothing, and they go 
back as ashes to ashes, and dust to dust. 

There is yet another class who give and 
receive, whose lives are beautiful, whose ways 
are ''ways of pleasantness, and all their 
paths are peace"; their lives are one long 
round of loving service, a giving and receiv- 


ing which has had no beginning and no end, 
but always is. 

What makes the diflFerence? Is it true 
that there is toil without recompense? Do 
we sow where we can never hope to gather? 
New Thought says no. It cannot be: It is 
an unwritten law that desire is the prophecy 
of its fulfillment; the law never takes one 
thing away but something is given *in return. 

There is no such thing as wasted effort. 
It has been written "with what measure ye 
mete it shall be meted unto you." The 
answer to this grea.t loss and gain is within 
our own being. We always get what we 
concentrate for, and the conditions around 
us are the objective answers to our own 
prayers. Arnold says: "Ye suffer from your- 
selves; none other binds ye that ye weep 
and die." A life that pledges itself to a 
certain action, a certain development, gets 
that thing and all the other things which go 
with it, of which he was unconscious when he 


signed away his freedom. The law takes 
every man at his word. There is no com- 
ing in at a later hour and saying, "Oh, I 
did not mean it." The die has been cast. 
The threads carry out the pattern. 

Let us look at the question of compensa- 
tion from an everyday practical standpoint. 
Do we want to become artists, actresses, 
physicians? Then the first thing we do is to 
consecrate ourselves to that work; the next 
thing is to begin along the line we have 
chosen. If an actress, we bear the poverty, 
the disappointments, the hours of toil and 
hardship, the chagrin and despair, until in 
some unexpected moment the compensation 
draws near: the time of our service ends in 
a larger service which we have bought for 
ourselves by our consecration. If we want 
to become artists, it is the same story, the 
hours of useless labor (when viewed from a 
world's position), the wasted daubs, the mis- 
takes, the hours of waiting for public ap- 



proval, and at last the goal. The same thing 
holds good in every field of labor, but the 
soul which has fully felt the consecrating 
power, never lays down the struggle. It 
follows the beautiful vision of its inner senses. 
There are many whose lives have never 
reached the sweet land which they saw by 
promise, but they have been recompensed for 
their work by just the joy of doing. 

There are those who have given years of 
work and study to bring about a certain 
development and have Iain down and died 
with all of their work apparently unfinished; 
yet the coming, following generation learned 
from their efi'orts, their work was not lost, 
for by the steps they cut, others climbed the 
peaks of glory. 

We must learn, too, that we can make no 
demand on the world in any way with any 
hope of realization, if we are not prepared to 
supply equal value to the world with the 
gift of ourselves. 


G>nsecration is the first step, then the way 
begins; that our feet stumble and our hearts 
bleed is but a condition of the way brought 
about by our ignorance. The soul which 
consecrates itself to service realizes its desire, 
but it must pay the price for such a gift, 
and the human price of service is often toil 
without recompense as measured by our 
mortal comprehension. 

No matter what we want, we will find that 
we can get it if we are willing to pay the 
price, not always in our way, but in the 
way that will bring us towards the thing for 
which we have asked. Left to our own way 
we would now and then go in a directly 
opposite path from our desires, for we can- 
not see the end from the beginning, but once 
we have made the consecration, if we find 
the path rough and winding, we cannot 
choose but go on. 

Compensation is eternal in the universe. 
We get what we ask for. If we mourn over 


our supply it is because we do not under- 
stand the causes which we have set in motion 
and are expecting perfect returns from im- 
perfectly formulated plans. 

Those lives which seem so destitute of 
compensation are not really so; they have 
only made a mistake in interpreting it. In 
order to understand compensation, we must 
understand cause and effect, and know that 
we only reap what we sow. The life which 
sows for service reaps service; for knowledge 
gets knowledge; love gets love; there is no 
escaping the harvest, but we do not always 
recognize the compensation for it does not 
come to us invariably in the guise we expect. 

I know of a life that so:wed love, kindness 
and gratitude to another life for fifteen years 
and at the end of that time was robbed of 
honor, name, place, position and everything 
that heart holds dear, by the hand of the 
one whom it has served so well* Compensa- 
tion! No, indeed, but do you think those 


years of faithful loving service were lost? 
Never; they could not be; they were charged 
to the Universal supply and had to be cashed 
in by that life somewhere. In the later 
years a stranger — another life — brought 
back to this life the harvest of loving kind- 
ness and crowned it with joy, peace and 
power. Compensation made perfect, only in 
another form. 

Compensation is always near us, but often 
we do not recognize it as our own; it may 
meet us in a new garb at any turn in the 
lane of life, but while our eyes are blinded 
with hot tears of loss we cannot see it. We 
sow our seeds of desire and the purple flowers 
of pain blossom around us while we look in 
pained surprise for the white rose of our ex- 
pectations. We have not learned that "like 
attracts like** and that on the path the law 
is made perfect. 

We limit our compensation by our habit of 
renunciation; we have not yet dared grasp 


the full splendor of what we may possess. 
We allow ourselves to think that in order to 
grow we must renounce; that one thing is 
sacrificed for another to be gained, when if 
we only knew, it is the all mil that we can 
take every desire of our hearts with us on to 
the path, make them one in the one life, and 
reap our harvests from them all. 

Some will say, "I cannot have money and 
education, so I gave up the hope of ever 
getting rich in order to attain knowledge." 
Another says, "I cannot serve two masters, 
so I renounced the life of pleasure for that 
of service." Oh, the pity of it! Don't you 
see where they went wrong? They gather at 
the harvest what they sow, and there is no 
reason why they should not have gathered 
the fullness of all their desires if they had 
only known. 

The life that sows service, pleasure, joy, 
peace, money, power and every hope of its 
soul, will gather the compensation of its sow* 


ing in same way or another^ day by day, 
becMtte it is the mirJiangiiig law ct the 
Infinite substance* The hnman mind has 
limited itsdf ; it has distoned the sool vkiim 
and forgotten the eternal promise **9etk and 
ye shaU find.'' 

To plant for the highest compensation is a 
matter of growth. Look deeply into your 
own lives and find out just what you want, 
then ask yourselves if you are ready to pay 
the price for it? If you are ready, then 
consecrate yourselves to it and all that the 
consecration brings, and when you are look- 
ing for returns or recompense, be sure that 
you recognize your own when it comes. Do 
not limit yourselves; take with you into this 
consecration everything that you want, and 
then do not complain of what you are called 
upon to pay for your gifts. Whatever comes 
to you in this consecration belongs to the 
path you consciously chose; do not repine, 
but turn again and again in loving consecra- 


tion, and soon you will come to that place 
where love of, or care for, compensation 
ceases, everything becomes a labor of love, 
or only the "work of Him who sent you/* 
and toil and tears will be swallowed up in the 
joy of Divine compensation. 

" Unanswered yet; nay do not say ungranted. 
Perhaps tby loork has not yet all been done. 
That work began when your first prayer was uttered. 
And God will finish what he has begun. 
IJyou will keep the incense burning brightly there. 
His glory you shall see, some day, somewhere.'* 




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